Buried in the fiscal cliff deal passed by the Senate early Tuesday morning is a provision to halt a scheduled salary increase for members of Congress themselves. The bill contains a one-sentence provision that would block a scheduled cost-of-living adjustment for representatives and senators that is due to take place when the continuing resolution under which the federal government is currently operating expires on March 27. Congressional pay has not been increased since 2009, in part because the vote is so unpopular with the public given the recent recession, the push for deficit reduction and the high disapproval ratings
They probably have a field day with their gov´t issued credit cards anyway or the CBC going on a fact finding mission in the Bahamas.But anyway,I guess it´s a positive they rejected it but they won´t find many tears shedding about it.
To say this saves money is as laughable as getting rid of the dollar bill to save $3 billion over 20 years.
You can bet there´s millions of Obama voters who would gladly take this turned back money in.
While they´re at it they need to kill all of the bucks for the zippy/mooch vacations, golf games, dinner dates, WH parties, etc. The first parasites should be forced to live the same way the rest of us are currently living. No more perks!
Well, isn´t that sweet of them. I have to wonder why the idiots we elect get paid at all considering the complete lack of duty they perform. When we get a budget, they should get paid! Until that time, they should get a single loaf of bread on each payday as a reminder to them that their duty is connected to real people!! Nothing more!
Cost of living increase? Oh Yeah that BRIBE! Now how about gutting off those retirement millions for the long term thieves. The Constitution never factored more than travel expense from their states to the capitol and home just once while Congress was in session. A professional Congressional corp was never intended nor was more than a total of 2 senators and two reps from each state. It´s amazing how we the suckers get trolled into paying so many for doing so little for our benefit.
Today Politico´s Dylan Byers got tough on MSNBC with two posts calling into question the channel´s journalistic credibility. Byers started the day by going after MSNBC host Melissa Harris-Perry for something she said over the weekend. Harris-Perry claimed Sunday that the term Obamacare was an attempt by white people to denigrate a black President. Byers pointed out that "Hillarycare" and "Reaganomics" seem like similar appellations and asked, in light of these, how "Obamacare" could be implicitly racist while the other terms are not. It´s not clear whether Harris-Perry responded to Byers´ challenge privately but she did not tweet (or anything
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