Dem Congress Gives Itself A Raise

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    Well, the Dems have broken yet another campaign promise. Yesterday, the Dems (and some Republicans) voted for another pay increase



    House Lawmakers to Consider Raising Salaries to Nearly $170,000
    Thursday, June 28, 2007

    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.

    On a 244-181 vote Wednesday, Democrats and Republicans alike killed a bid by Reps. Jim Matheson, D-Utah, and Lee Terry, R-Neb., to get a direct vote to block the COLA, which is automatically awarded unless lawmakers vote to block it. The Senate has not indicated when it will deal with a similar measure.

    As part of an ethics bill in 1989, Congress gave up its ability to accept pay for speeches and made annual cost-of-living pay increases automatic unless the lawmakers voted otherwise.

    http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,287122,00.html
     
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    The lowest rated Congress in history is voting itself a raise.

    I wonder how the fools who voted for the Dems are feeling this morning :sad:
     
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    I don't think anyone in Congress should get a raise! period!
     
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    We agree on this one

    But I do like how San Fran Nan is putting an end to the perks.
     
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    And what campaign promise did they break rsr?
     
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    holy cow, and i thought it was bad when The Yankees signed 45 yr old Roger Clemens for 28 million. I guess Pelosi needed a raise for all the hard work she's doing:eusa_sick: either that or they are trying to set a new all time low approval rating. I think they are shooting for 1% approval
     
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    actsnoblemartin I love Andrea & April

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    I agree with you 100%, and wouldnt all the people in congress get a raise?. I love ya rsr, but youre too partisan.

     
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    actsnoblemartin I love Andrea & April

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    I agree with you 100%

     
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    Actually thats a lie as well, albeit a very subtle one. However it may seem very semantical, I think it actually matters.

    I want politicians to be well paid. Why? I don't want them to take bribes for need of money and I don't want there to be only independently wealthy candidates.
     
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    By the way Musicman...what do you think of the lie by omission in this article? If you even realized it. Rsr fell for it (no surprise there). Did you as well?
     

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