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Sorry, Nancy, I don't feel for youPosted Monday, February 18, 2013, at 12:27 PM
Recently, United States House of Representatives Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi said she was against a cut in congressional pay.
Pelosi was quoted as saying, "I think we should respect the work we do. I think it's necessary for us to have the dignity of the job that we have rewarded."
If Congress doesn't make a decision on the sequester by March 1, spending cuts will go into effect. One item set to be affected is congressional salaries.
Pelosi recently told reporters the automatic cuts should not happen.
During the conference, Pelosi also said, "It's a hard question to ask me because most of my colleagues are the breadwinners in their families. A pay cut to me doesn't mean as much." (Full disclosure: Pelosi and her family have money. Lots of money).
I'm hoping this is a case of "insert foot in mouth." A very bad statement to make considering how many people are having difficulty making it these days.
According to information, the current salary for a member of the United States Congress or Senate is $174,000.
A cost-of-living adjustment increase takes place annually unless Congress votes against it.
Members can, however, turn down pay increases and some choose to do so.
I don't know about any of you, but I would love to make that kind of money.
However, I live in reality.
Apparently, Pelosi and other members of our government do not. There are reports out there where some politicians feel they don't make enough.
My take on this and the above quotes? If you have to take a pay cut, I don't care.
There are 435 members in Congress and 100 Senators. That means nearly $100 million in salary.
So, in short, I don't care if you take a pay cut. In fact, you should take a pay cut.
By the way, $100,000 is not dignified enough?
What have you accomplished in recent memory that would dignify anything but a cut in pay?
Here's an idea: Let's cut congressional and senate pay in half. If they are currently making $174,000 each (and some probably make much more), $87,000 sounds like a great number.
What say you?
Only a few days before this statement, Pelosi said she didn't think highly of the congressman who invited Ted Nugent to the State of the Union.
While I'm not a big fan of Ted Nugent (and never really have been), currently, I don't think too highly of your thoughts on pay, Nancy.
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