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Congress members get $4,000 pay raise

                               
                                                                               
       
               

By JIM ABRAMS, Associated Press Writer 1 hour, 23 minutes ago

               

WASHINGTON - Fortunately for members of Congress, their pay isn't tied to their approval ratings.

Lawmakers in 2008 will receive salaries of $169,300, a boost of $4,100 over the pay they have lived with since January 2006.

That 2.5 percent increase is mirrored by similar raises for associate justices of the Supreme Court, who will see their pay go from $203,000 to $208,100, and Chief Justice John Roberts, whose pay will rise to $217,400 from $212,100.

The salary figures were published in Tuesday's edition of the Federal Register.

Last year was the first since 1999, when the pay was $136,700, that members of Congress did not receive a cost-of-living allowance raise along with other federal employees. Democrats, newly elected to the majority, had vowed to block an increase in their paychecks until Congress raised the minimum wage.

With the minimum wage increase accomplished last year, House Democratic leaders joined with their Republican counterparts to oppose a procedural vote to bring the COLA issue to the floor, leaving the way clear for their automatic raise.

The congressional COLA is linked, under a complicated formula, to the cost-of-living increase awarded civil servants. As part of a 1989 ethics bill, Congress gave up its ability to accept pay for speeches and made annual cost-of-living pay increases automatic unless lawmakers voted otherwise.

Rep. Jim Matheson, D-Utah, a leading critic of the COLA process, said in an interview that he's not proposing that members of Congress never get a pay raise. But he said that, in a time of budget deficits when many people are undergoing economic hardships, "at least we ought to have an up-and-down vote on it. The whole process appears so secretive."

Reluctance to openly discuss the salary issue comes at a time when Congress has been suffering low public approval ratings. In a December AP-Ipsos poll, 25 percent of those surveyed approved of the job Congress was doing.

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., will get a pay boost from $212,100 last year to $217,400, the same as Chief Justice Roberts. The majority and minority leaders of the House and Senate and Senate president pro tempore Robert Byrd, D-W.Va., will get increases from $183,500 to $188,100.

Dick Cheney, in his last year as vice president, will receive $221,100, up from $215,700. President Bush's salary of $400,000 is unchanged.


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"They've Eeeeearnd it"  (just ask them!!!! )

What was that guys name??

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"They've Eeeeearnd it"  (just ask them!!!! )

What was that guys name??

Yeah, they earned it, after all, they have to listen to all us complain about their exceedingly lackluster job performance and have to pay for self-esteem courses and psychiatric care.

 

Oh, wait; they don't give a (bleep) what we think about their job performance, so that can't be it.

 

Yeah, they earned it, after all, look at how much extra work they put into their finding ways to slip pet projects (pork) for family, friends, and business owners with secret envelopes filled with cash, into bills for serious national and humanitarian issues.

 

Oh, wait, they already get rewarded for that activity, they don't need a pay raise for that.

 

Yeah, they earned it, after all, they spend all their time arguing and finding ways not to work together by thwarting the other parties proposals no matter how worthy the issues is.

 

Oh, wait, for that they should all be fired, not giving a pay raise!

 

Okay, I give up, why does congress deserve a pay raise?

 

And why does congress get pay raises in the thousands of dollars but those on fixed incomes get a cost of living increase of about $14.00… which barely helps at all when the cost of living has increased dramatically more than that over the last year?

 

 

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Alright, upon further review I find the congress DOES deserve their raise. Here are some of the proofs to that end. To earn their raise, congress has NOT given Bush a raise (but Cheney got one, almost lost my support there guys), they did however, give those of us on Social Security a raise (2%!!! YIPEEE!!!), and they also managed to make the minimum wage ’sky rocket’ to $7.25 ($8 in CA)! Add to this everything else they have done, like pull our troops out of Iraq like they promised (at least Pelosi did when working to make the Democrats get the majority in congress). Let me see, oh right, the number of bankruptcies have gone up and they (congress) have yet to fully address that, nor ‘fix’ the interest rates the credit card companies ‘give’ us ‘po’ folk.

Oh yes, they have shown they DESERVE this raise to themselves! ‘cuse me while I throw up!


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