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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