A Proposed Congressional Paycut

Here's something you don't see very often...a measure to cut the salary of members of Congress.


Here's something you don't see very often...a measure to cut the salary of members of Congress.

Freshman Democrat Congresswoman Ann Kirkpatrick from Arizona is proposing a five-percent cut in pay for all members beginning next January. It's called the Taking Responsibility for Congressional Pay Act.

Kirkpatrick says, "Families across the country are getting by on lower wages and finding ways to cut back during the downturn, and these are the folks that pay our salaries. The federal government's budget is in much worse shape, so why shouldn't senators and representatives have to feel the same pinch?"

If congressional pay is cut Kirkpatrick says it would be the first time since the Great Depression.

So, what do you think? Do you think it's all just a publicity stunt by the congresswoman? Does it matter if it is...do you think Congress should reduce it's pay given the state of the economy and the shape of the country's finances?

By the way, the current salary for rank-and-file members of the House and Senate is $174,000 per year. Senate and House leaders are paid $193,400 while the Speaker of the House makes $223,500. A cost-of-living-adjustment (COLA) increase takes effect annually unless Congress votes to not accept it.

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  • by Anti-Terrorist Location: Greenville on Apr 1, 2010 at 08:44 PM
    Not only should there be pay cuts but the pay should be readjusted to the median household income which I believe sits at around 50K/yr. If they want higher pay then they have to work damn hard to insure the median increases. They are 100% taken care of in their expenses including travel, lodging and dining. 50k/yr would go quite far when nothing is being taken out. The income they make as congressmen should be tax free since it is national service to this country and to tax their income is just a stupid loop.
  • by william Location: rocky mount on Mar 8, 2010 at 05:33 AM
    Yeah, I guess it could happen.
  • by macdaddy Location: pitt co. on Mar 6, 2010 at 06:50 AM
    is that before or after the merit increase at the first of the year? just more B S for WE THE PEOPLE to listen to!!! Do they not need cutbacks like the common everyday man or woman making 7 bucks an hour?
  • by mike Location: goldsboro on Mar 4, 2010 at 01:15 PM
    No better than what they do with the federal budget they should be doing it for free!!!!!
  • by Ron Location: NC on Mar 3, 2010 at 06:47 PM
    A great ideal...BUT...it's not gonna happen. If it did, those people still would not have any ideal of what life is really like for the average American...not even to mention the poor one's.
  • by Dot Location: Marietta, GA on Mar 3, 2010 at 01:03 PM
    YES, They accepted a cost of living increase but voted not to give Social Security a cost of increase for 2 years.....I think they should also freeze theirs for 2 yrs. Term limits should be put in place. Also no lobbying for 8 yrs after leaving office.

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