Dem wants to slash member pay

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    A Democratic lawmaker wants to slash the paychecks of members by 5 percent, or $8,700 each.

    Rep. Gabrielle Giffords (Ariz.) on Thursday introduced a measure that would stop members of Congress from receiving an automatic pay raise in 2012. It would also reduce the salaries of lawmakers by 5 percent in the 113th Congress — the next time a pay reduction would be possible.

    The pay cut would save taxpayers about $4.7 million by freezing the base pay of House and Senate lawmakers at $174,000. Majority and minority leaders each make $193,400 per year, and newly elected Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) is to receive an annual salary of $223,500.

    Members of Congress automatically receive a cost-of-living pay adjustment each year unless they vote against it. President Obama signed a bill in May halting Congress’s automatic cost-of-living increase for 2011 after it easily passed both the House and Senate.

    Dem wants to slash member pay - TheHill.com








    :clap2: damn good idea. but she should have said they'd work for nothing.
     
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    Cutting pay is unconstitutional. There is specific provision against cutting the pay of any elected officer.

    What the proposal does is it prevents automatic pay increases, which is not a cut. It is just not an increase.

    And it is a very good idea.
     
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    I think you are referring to a clause that prohibits Congress from defunding the Judiciary.

    If Congress can raise it's own pay it can cut it as well
     
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    Work for free? Just what we need, only rich people in Congress.
     
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    That's what they're worth.
     
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    It would be fun to force Congress to set their salaries based on minimum wage.
     
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    And it appears now that either the pay cut business or her being tough on illegal aliens has just gotten her ass shot off by some lunatic, probably an illegal alien.

    Maybe our government will do something substantial about the illegals now that one of their own got shot up.
     
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    Wait Pale, until we know. It's so shocking and sad.
     

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