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House Demands $4,600 Cost Of Living Hike

From those champions of the little guy at the Associated Press:

House members seek pay raise of $4,400

By ANDREW TAYLOR, Associated Press Writer

WASHINGTON – Despite low approval ratings and hard feelings from last year’s elections, Democrats and Republicans in the House are reaching out for an approximately $4,400 pay raise that would increase their salaries to almost $170,000.

The cost-of-living raise endorsed Wednesday evening gets lawmakers back on track for automatic pay raises after a fight between the parties last year and again in January killed the pay increase due this year. That was the first interruption of the annual congressional pay boost in seven years.

The blowup came after Democrats last year fulfilled a campaign promise to deny themselves more pay until Congress raised the minimum wage. Delays in the minimum wage bill cost every lawmaker about $3,100 this year…

The annual vote on the pay hike comes on an obscure procedural move — instead of a direct up-or-down vote — and Democratic and GOP leaders each delivered a majority of their members to shut off the move to block the pay hike.

This year’s vote was made ticklish by last year’s battle. Republicans said Democrats broke a promise not to use the pay raise issue against GOP lawmakers in campaign ads and therefore were, generally speaking, more reluctant to supply votes

The exact figure for this year’s cost of living adjustment has not been settled under a complicated formula that awards lawmakers a smaller pay raise than civil servants. But opponents of the congressional COLA estimated a pay increase this year of 2.7 percent, or $4,460.

Senators and representatives presently make $165,200 a year, with a handful of leaders such as House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., earning more…

What timing. Congress proves once again it has a tin ear about everything.

Needless to say our representatives don’t have the guts to openly vote themselves a raise. (Which they have gotten automatically for the last seven years.)

Hell, they can’t even figure out how much it should be.

But this is what they should get.

This article was posted by Steve on Thursday, June 28th, 2007. Comments are currently closed.

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