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Another fine example of that Responsible and Transparent government?


Departing members of the House of Representatives awarded millions of dollars in extra pay to aides as they closed down their offices, according to lawmakers' spending records.

The 96 lawmakers paid their employees $6.7 million, or 31%, more in the fourth quarter of 2010 than they did, on average, in the first three quarters of the year.

That's about twice as much as the 16% increase awarded by lawmakers who returned to the 112th Congress, according to LegiStorm, an organization that tracks congressional salaries.

The disparity suggests retiring or defeated members used remaining funds in their official expenses budgets to boost salaries for staffers before they left Washington, cash that might otherwise have been returned to the U.S. Treasury.

Because most of the departing members were Democrats, fourth-quarter salary increases in 2010 for Democratic staffers were the largest in the decade LegiStorm has been gathering such data.


Because it has been done before, does that make it OK?  Acceptable?  Should they be publicly called out by political leaders?


Asked by grlygrlz2 at 3:30 PM on Mar. 7, 2011 in Politics & Current Events

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Answers (50)
  • Not acceptable at all. We are broke. I can still recall the sh*tstorm when AIG took a company retreat on bail out funds, yet nary a peep about this. Is sickening and hypocritical.


    Answer by QuinnMae at 3:39 PM on Mar. 7, 2011

  • It has been done for years and it should be stopped. Super unacceptable

    Answer by itsmesteph11 at 3:53 PM on Mar. 7, 2011

  • Your answer is that it is Yes it is OK because it is "customary"? Wow... Low standards and Free passes, from you, huh? Interesting.


    She definitely "rocks" the political discussion boards, huh?! LOL :o)

    Answer by LoriKeet at 4:12 PM on Mar. 7, 2011

  • I don't think either party did anything wrong- Answer by adnilm a minute ago

    That is rather interesting..... Giving employees big fat raises as they are headed OUT the door is totally acceptable for you.... Puts you in a whole new category, IMO.. wow..

    LOL, Thankfully she doesn't run the country.

    Answer by Carpy at 5:01 PM on Mar. 7, 2011

  • I think it's total bullshit.

    Other public workers are taking pay cuts and furlough days and these assholes think they deserve raises? What a load.

    Answer by UpSheRises at 4:01 PM on Mar. 7, 2011

  • They CHOSE to leave and become EMPLOYEES of a politician. No one forced them to make the CHOICE... It's official... You are pathetic...
    And you are so unworthy of debate. And I'll add mean and petty and whiny and not very bright and angry and catty and a bit dull, for good measure

    Looks like THIS is where she lindascrewlooselu, lost the debate.

    Answer by Carpy at 5:25 PM on Mar. 7, 2011

  • This is wrong.

    Answer by lovinangels at 4:02 PM on Mar. 7, 2011

  • You've got a lot of patience GRLY...i would have closed the thread after the 3rd response.

    On this we agree!! "legalmommy" (former screen name) is certainly quite full of herself!! LOL

    Answer by LoriKeet at 7:12 PM on Mar. 7, 2011

  • It's really interesting when a poster offers substance-free responses then gives someone who is actually trying to engage in conversation tips on how to debate.

    You've got a lot of patience GRLY...i would have closed the thread after the 3rd response.

    Answer by UpSheRises at 6:59 PM on Mar. 7, 2011

  • Holy cow...I thought that much stupidity had to be served in a sack. I guess now we know what the "M" stands for.

    Just because something has been done before does not mean it should be done again. Who is going to have enough balls to stand up and say enough is enough?

    Answer by yourspecialkid at 9:17 PM on Mar. 7, 2011