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Pelosi Won’t End Automatic Pay Raises

From a relieved Associated Press:

Pelosi dodges chance to end automatic pay raises

Mar 13

WASHINGTON (AP) — Congress’ automatic pay raises are in little immediate danger of being scrapped for good, even with the economy slumping and millions of Americans unemployed. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi on Thursday would not commit to holding a vote on a bill to do away with the annual cost-of-living increases. She pointed out that Congress recognized the economic crisis by voting this week to skip next year’s raise.

In so doing, though, lawmakers defeated a Senate measure to abolish the automatic pay hikes and force them into the deep discomfort of casting actual votes to give themselves raises…

[S]crapping Congress’ own automatic, cost-of-living raises [sic] for good? That’s where congressional leaders drew the line this week – and buried it beneath an avalanche of legislative process, blame-passing and rhetoric.

Competing proposals on the Senate floor earlier in the week effectively canceled each other out.

Sen. David Vitter, a Louisiana Republican with personal issues that could threaten his re-election, talked of adding a ban on automatic congressional raises to a $410 billion spending bill already passed by the House.

Great idea, alleged [sic] Majority Leader Harry Reid, who’s also facing a tough re-election fight next year. But adding the pay issue to the bill would mean sending it back to the House, and that could kill the whole thing, Reid said.

Reid’s problem, as he described it, was with the process and not scrapping automatic pay raises. In fact, Reid said, congressional raises shouldn’t be automatic. So he proposed an alternative: a bill all its own almost identical to Vitter’s.

Nope, Vitter said, because Pelosi was almost certain to ignore it.

Reid bristled.

"He knows that I can’t represent what the speaker is going to do," Reid replied. "She doesn’t know I’m here doing this. She runs her little show over there and I do my best to have some input on what happens here." …

Their latest pay raise of $4,700 took effect in January and brought congressional salaries to $174,000…

What a confusing article.

But the one thing that is clear is that it is Ms. Pelosi’s turn to play the bad cop to Mr. Reid’s good cop. (After all, Mr. Reid is facing a tough reelection campaign.)

And that nobody in the Democrat leadership has any intention of allowing a vote on doing away with their automatic pay raises.

Meanwhile, these self-same Solons have no problem telling the rest of us to tighten our belts.

This article was posted by Steve on Friday, March 13th, 2009. Comments are currently closed.

6 Responses to “Pelosi Won’t End Automatic Pay Raises”

  1. curvyred says:

    No big surprise there, our local county just gave a “manager” a $50k pay raise (yes you read that correctly). There have also been various pay raised from $4 -16k per year.

    Despite the local county being in the red and inacting an outrageous tax on poured drinks – causing a lot of harm to the local bars and restauranteours.

  2. navymom says:

    I have the solution to them getting an automatic pay raise….vote them out!

  3. Liberals Demise says:

    What a Pig!!
    What’s that old saying, “When Pigs fly?”
    Thanks….. USAF!!!!!

  4. MinnesotaRush says:

    I’m headed off to a local Tea Party meeting in the morning .. I know one of the agenda items I’m going to add would be that we closely review/encourage the Citizens to initiate a Constitutional Amendment governing Congress’s compensation plans.

    My feeling is that they need to be closer to the average American family’s annual income and comparitive benefit packages. We might find we get more folks with the idea/interest of “public service”, and who don’t stick around forever.

    That whole comp thing needs to be looked at.

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