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Would you feel bad if congress received a paycut?

I consider myself bipartisan because I have probably voted equally democratic and republican over the years.  However Senator Pelosi needs a reality check.  How many people feel their paychecks reflect the dignity of the work they do?

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House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi is speaking out against a cut in congressional pay because she says it will undermine the dignity of their positions. "I think we should respect the work we do," Pelosi said. "I think it's necessary for us to have the dignity of the job that we have rewarded." ("Dignity" is apparently a synonym for "fat paycheck.") Pelosi, whose husband, Paul, is a legit real-estate mogul, was quick to add that slicing her own paycheck wouldn’t "mean as much" as those senators who struggle to make ends meet on $174,000 per year. "We are obviously contemplating a sequester," Maryland Rep. Steny Hoyer (D) said. "Obviously we are going to take a cut, like everybody else." [Source]

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RyansMom001

Asked by RyansMom001 at 4:01 PM on Feb. 15, 2013 in Politics & Current Events

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  • Yeah- if they are struggling on that then they are doing it WRONG. I manage to keep my family afloat on a little over 1/5 of that a year and manage to 'respect the work I do'

    But do you maintain 2 residences (one in DC, one in their home district) and pay to travel between the 2? Yes, they get paid a lot, but they do have to maintain 2 places to live and travel.

    Answer by But_Mommie 53 minutes ago
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    and aren't they paid for LIFE?

    Um, no they do not. They have the same pension that every federal worker is part of. It can be up to a percentage of their highest salary, the highest it can be is just over $60,000. I believe they are also eligible for SS, but I'm not positive about that.

    The president does not get his full salary for life either.
    DSamuels

    Answer by DSamuels at 5:19 PM on Feb. 15, 2013

  • Ooops, misread. 174,000 OR 179,000 would still be a significant pay raise for me.
    Rosehawk

    Answer by Rosehawk at 3:44 AM on Feb. 16, 2013

  • I don't think it would mean much for a pay cut. Many of these people have to support 2 separate households. Leaving family at home for long periods of time.
    snookyfritz

    Answer by snookyfritz at 7:21 PM on Feb. 17, 2013

  • Oh HELL NO!! I don't feel bad not for one little moment. I say CUT IT and CUT IT NOW about $100,000 off.
    Anonymous

    Answer by Anonymous at 12:46 AM on Feb. 18, 2013

  • I have no feelings, good or bad, about Congress getting a pay cut.
    But they are talking about FREEZING pay, not cutting it They get the same amount, no raises. Get it?
    lga1965

    Answer by lga1965 at 10:17 AM on Feb. 17, 2013

  • n some parts of the USA, the eastern states,for example, $174,000. a year would be tough. The cost of living varies dependng on where you live. I would be thrilled to have $174,000. a year but in Connecticut for example, they would be pinching pennies.
    lga1965

    Answer by lga1965 at 10:21 AM on Feb. 17, 2013

  • Get it?

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    I get it, these are Nancy Pelosi words not mine.
    RyansMom001

    Comment by RyansMom001 (original poster) at 10:22 AM on Feb. 17, 2013

  • n some parts of the USA, the eastern states,for example, $174,000. a year would be tough. The cost of living varies dependng on where you live. I would be thrilled to have $174,000. a year but in Connecticut for example, they would be pinching pennies.


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    I understand what you are saying about salaries.  My main issue is the perks that congress members receive.  Even if a regular person,  of normal means, is elected to congress they seem to be a millionaire within a year.  The pensions they receive is out of step with most of America.  

    RyansMom001

    Comment by RyansMom001 (original poster) at 10:51 AM on Feb. 17, 2013

  • Most people have no pension, they have to save for retirement on their own through 401-K or 403-B programs. They also get insider information for investments that are completely legal for them but would put the rest of us behind bars. They seem to be completely bipartisan when it comes to keeping their perks. It's good to know they can all agree on something.
    RyansMom001

    Comment by RyansMom001 (original poster) at 10:51 AM on Feb. 17, 2013

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