Congress Gets Raise-- Now Paid $174,000 For 3 Day Work Week

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    They now make $174,000 a year for their 3 day work week.

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    The nation's financial picture has been grim for months, but don't worry about lawmakers on Capitol Hill.

    They just got a $4,700 raise.

    The 2009 annual salary for rank-and-file senators and representatives is $174,000, up from last year's $169,300.

    The legislative pay hike comes as major U.S. employers shed jobs by the tens of thousands. Many worker salaries have been frozen or cut. Their benefits often have been slashed.

    Families are pinching pennies and watching retirement accounts evaporate.In this decade, Congress has allowed the pay increase to go through for every year except 2007. The percentage increase is tied to private-sector wages and cannot be more than increases granted to general federal employees.

    Under this bipartisan system, lawmakers are protected from ever having to vote to raise their own pay. The system, adopted in 1989, allows members of Congress to prevent a challenger from using a pay-raise vote against them at election time.


    Gateway Pundit: Congress Gets Raise-- Now Paid $174,000 For 3 Day Work Week
     
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    They're scummy jobs but somebody has to do it.
     
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    I've seriously considered running for the US senate. My platform would be, "It's time one of us got paid that much for so little and then retired in 6 years on the taxpayers dime. Help me get elected and I promise in 6 years to help another one of us campaign for the job so they too can retire in 6 years on the taxpayers dime."

    PS...none of us could do any worse than the politicians are doing now...
     
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    Good line and you are correct for the most part.
     
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    Sounds like a good bill.

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    I am simply amazed that the Democrats allowed this to happen.
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    BTW, to cut costs for 2009, the top 1/3 in my company will not get a pay raise or a bonus this year.
     
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    Write them. I wrote all of mine. when the first bail out from Bush came up.. I told everysinglesolitary one of them to turn in their salaries cause they damn sure had not earned it.. not a dime.. I don't know if congresscritters can feel shame. but I would guess not.
     
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    I've quit writing. I spent a lot of time writing my representatives but they just kept sending me form letters that had nothing to do with what I said. I finally decided, they aren't even reading them so why bother?.
     
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    Typical I have recieved basically the same.
     

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