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House Wants Rewarded for a Job Well Done – Really?!

The long-standing notion of pay raises being frozen for members of Congress and their aides may be coming to an end very soon. For over a decade Congressional leaders and their aides have declined pay raises and even a cost of living increase.

This was done years ago at a time when people were scrutinizing the motives of lawmakers when they were seeking to serve their country and the people they would represent.

It does seem a little confusing when the ones that control the money of the country decide to give themselves raises. To some, it is self-serving to the point that mistrust and accusations can start to fly if the matter is not handled appropriately.

This past week, leading lawmakers decided that they would provide a cost of living increase for everyone by adding $4,500 to salaries in the coming year. For the past 10 years, there has been no raise provided for people that serve their country and must maintain two living venues while in office.

For some that help behind the scenes, it has been pointed out that they have a hard time making ends meeting while living in the D.C. area.

In 2009, the salary for a member of Congress was $174,000. It has stayed at that level for over 10 years. When everyone else is receiving pay raises in the nation, the leaders were voting to freeze their own.

It appears that this was a political move by the Democrats as the nation headed into an election year during 2010. What could get more votes than a person looking to serve people without any thought of money attached?

This current generation of Democrats are seeking to change that image as they consider budgets for the 2020 year.

This can be done because of a 1989 federal ethics law that provides the right of members of Congress to take care of their own financial concerns.

Members on both sides are in favor of the proposal and the move to provide this cost of living increase.

Evan Hollander, who is a spokesperson for the House Appropriations Committee, has said, “There is strong bipartisan support for these modest inflation adjustments.”

He has pointed out that there really needs to be no move on part of the members of Congress since the automatic inflation increase normally takes place year after year. T

he only way to stop such an increase is to actually vote to block the pay increases.

Evan Hollander has also stated, “If members want to alter or eliminate the [cost-of-living adjustment], they should do so through the authorizing process – not appropriations bills.”

The $4,500 is a 2.6 percent increase to their current pay level. This is where the water gets murky with congressional pay raises.

Richard Shelby, who is the Senate Appropriations Chairman, has stated, “I think the American people would think that Congress ought to earn it first.”

And he would be right. So far in the eyes of the public, Congress has failed to produce anything substantial or measurable that would warrant such an increase in pay.

People are looking at the track record of this session of Congress, and they are not seeing anything that has been a help of benefit to the nation as a whole.

All that has taken place is petty investigations against an administration that has been declared innocent of any wrong towards the country or during the election period in 2016.

The Democratic-controlled House has made it a point to try to investigate anything and everything possible to keep this President from achieving his campaign promises.

As a result, the people of America have seen the Congress block attempts to protect the people of America, they have seen Congress waste time and money trying to retry an investigation that is long over, and many other pointless endeavors.

So it is no wonder that the people of America are skeptical of them seeking to provide themselves with a pay raise when they have done nothing to earn or warrant such an increase.

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  32. They want a raise but have not earned it,Stop harassing our president and do your job.Build the wall for our safety from diseases and higher taxes.

  33. NO pay raises until Congress grows a spine and does immigration reform and finishes the barrier at the southern border. Enough is enough!

  34. Are they kidding.? They have done nothing to deserve a raise . In fact they owe us, more time to work out the immigration problem, and serving the people that elected them instead of illegal immigrants. We the people pay you. Not illegals

  35. Are YOU KIDDING??? DEMS DO NOT DESERVE ANY PAY RAISE!!!!!

  36. You know that’s exactly what to expect from a bunch CHICKEN SHIT SONS A BITCHES they want me and to pay them for stabbing AMERICA in the back !
    Democraps haven’t done a damn thing for America in more than 12 years and the Republicans let them get away with it and if this country doesn’t reelect TRUMP in 2020 to finish what needs to be done you ASSHOLES deserve what you get.

    SEMPER FI

  37. NO they should not get a raise. They have caused more problems in the government and have not accomplished one thing. Their salary now is to much. They should not be giving themselves a raise.

  38. is this ssome ones idea of a cruel joke? A pay raise for doing nothing except obstructing president Trump? Pelosi is a useless creature who should be used by NASA for research in oxygen depravation

  39. no one in congress should get a pay raise. They have done nothing to warrant a raise. If they can not afford to live in DC then quit. Do as the forefathers did. who in the hell set the amount that congress get paid anyway? It a far cry from what the forefathers were paid. Let get a new congress and set a new standard of pay. no raises until they earned them

  40. They should all be fired; would be under civil employment!!!!!
    New in office and want a raise; fantasy land and again supported by working Americans tax dollars!!
    Same old, but new socialist democrats!!!

  41. Since the beginning of the Obama presidency to now Nasty Nancy and Shyster Schumer and the rest of the democrats have done absolutely nothing for America and its citizens, all they do is bash our president and cater to illegal aliens. How can anyone with common sense vote for a democrat.

  42. They need to LOSE a lot more than 2.6% for their obstruction of anything productive. If they had their way all this nonsense will produce is our CITIZENS finding it impossible to keep their heads above water financially and thus finding it necessary for them to migrate out of our once wonderful country to avoid being the slaves of the illegals and dying from diseases brought across the border that can’t be cured. Perhaps that 2.6% of their salary should be put aside to help the depressed legal citizens who are footing the bill for their ignorance! Posted by a CHRISTIAN!

  43. Let we the voters decide about Congressional pay increases. Put it on the ballot.

  44. Pay raise HELL!!! They should all be FIRED!!! And ran out of the country!!!

  45. Like the article says , these power hungry losers need to do something to earn a raise. The democrats and rhinos have done nothing but waste time and money on investigations that have yielded nothing and have obstructed anything to protect this country from the invasion of illegal aliens. We need the EMPLOYEES of the American voters to realize they are EMPLOYEES and do the job they have been hired to do! They also need to live by the same laws they pass and expect their EMPLOYERS to live by!!! Grow up and be accountable for a change!

  46. The only thing this Democratic House has coming is Criminal Indictments, Arrest and Impeachments. Asking for a Congressional salary increase is a slap in the face to the American People. We need Immigration Reform, Border Security, Housing for the American Homeless and Veterans. What have they provided to the people for the past three years? NOTHING ! Our President has had to force Mexico to stop the Illegal Immigration Invasion into America, something the Democratic Controlled House has refused to do. Deny their Salary, Cost of Living Increase. Support the IMPEACHMENT OF THE ENTIRE DEMOCRATIC HOUSE FOR OBSTRUCTION OF JUSTICE AND CRIMINAL CONSPIRACY TO COMMIT SEDITION.

  47. Is that a monthly raise or an annual raise? I see no problem IF they actually do the work they are paid to do instead of the witch hunt! I would like to see a breakdown of all their benefits including their transportation expenses, and what expenses they get reimbursed .

  48. Well just look at how much money congress member steal they dont need any raise at all they are lying worthless pos crooks.

  49. Seems to me the dems for the past 10 years have not be working for our country, no viable productive work, e.g., no working workable immigration bills, to control the hordes of illegal aliens that produce nothing but votes for the democrats, a health care bill that must be read by all voting aye for the bill and must be a benefit for our country rather than special interest groups, therefore the nonproductive workers have not earned any pay raise.

  50. they want a raise?????try doing some work for it, all you have done for three years is say no to the PRESIDENT AND SHOUT IMPEACH

  51. Pay Raises? We should be firing these worthless traitors instead of paying them more for nothing! All too many hard working Americans are barely surviving on their paychecks and many more, have to have two jobs just to feed and keep a roof over their families heads. If anyone deserves a raise, it’s the hard working taxpayers! President Trump is trying to do just that and, he could start by taking away all the “Special Perks” that the politicians think that they’re entitled to.

    One more thought, I think that if we demanded that every new Senator or Representative and those that are up for re-election be required to take a drug test and a polygraph examination, there would be a lot less corruption in our government!

  52. They should not even get paid as they have not done the job they were elected to do. Not one law passed to benefit the American families, nothing but obstruction, trying to fix elections and investigations after investigations. Preferences given to ILLEGAL aliens instead of citizens. What have they done to earn their salaries?

  53. i think they should loss all pay and benifits till the debt of a 100 trillion dollars they have raked up is paid off , i guess 35 million ain’t enough for pelosi , seeing how these congress people become multi- million airs over night , and don’t do anything to earn it

  54. So congress wants a cost of living increase, so do I and I make a hell of a lot less than 174,000 a year. But unlike me they will more than likely get it. They sure are proud of themselves. They are the only ones that are!

  55. Hell, the Demoncrats have already destroyed America. I gave up a piece of my life and some body parts for America. Now the Demoncrats are bringing thousands of illegals into America. I’ve had it with the Demo-Pukes!

  56. They are not worth the salary they receive. The should be ashamed to be paid. If they (worked) in the private sector they would be fired for incompetence. What a joke!!!

  57. I do not believe a pay raise is appropriate for any members of Congress. Most of them should be imprisoned for sedition against President Trump.

  58. Someone should tell those idiots (Democrats) you have to do something productive, investigations of dead topics don’t count. They haven’t earned their present salary yet and they are asking for a raise?

  59. Just disavow the Democratic Party and have one party… Republicans. And if they can’t/won/t get the job done send them home too.

  60. They should get a reduction in pay. I vote for a 20% reduction in salary and benefits.

  61. They have not earned an increase. Why should they receive one ????? All the dems have done is to spend money to satisfy their own agenda.

  62. Remember the old adage “He with the gold makes the Rules” The Democrats are only interested in what is in it for themselves.
    If they were serious about helping the Country they would look atTerm Limits. These people are professional politicians and don’t do anything to help with our problems.

    When they finally lose or retire everyone of them is a Millionaire with life time health insurance ( and I’m not talking Obamacare). All air travel for life paid for.

    Who gets that type of retirement?

  63. Democrate have not done a thing for the people . All they can do is get in the way, PAY RAISE they don’t earn what they get now. They are a bunch of losers . David

  64. Congress has earned a pay CUT, not a raise. There are very few that have earned a raise.

  65. Congress wants a raise for not protecting, for breaking their Oath of Office to Secure our Nation; No, Congress should not be awarded for doing Nothing, for Abusing their Office, for Abusing the American people. In fact, were it possible the $174,000 year salary should be diminished, not added to. KAG 2020

  66. Congress is worse now than ever, but due to the ignorance of the House and their upside down backwards speak, it only stands to reason they would want to be
    Paid for the accomplishments of President Trump, you know like the Kenyan asshole
    trying to convince level headed people that the Trump economy is because of an idiot
    that depleted the country of its wealth and jobs. Remember, according to the Kenyan boy, “manufacturing jobs were never coming back”, I believe he also said they were obsolete, this is not the intelligence of someone that has produced the economy we have today!

  67. A raise??????HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA they haven’t even earned their regular wages..let alone a pay paise. They all need to be fired, voted out or impeached. They have done nothing except stand in President Trumps way by voting against anything he tries to do for the good of the American people or America. A PAY RAISE????HELL NO, THEY HAVEN’T EARNED IT!

  68. Ten times the amount of Congressional Raises should also be appropriated for the Wall, CBP, and housing for migrants at the Southern Border!

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