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Give Congressmen a Pay Raise?
Pelosi: 'It's Not a Pay Raise,
It's a COLA Increase'

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6/13/2019 2:39:35 PM

At her weekly news conference, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) was asked whether it's appropriate at this time for Congress to give itself a pay raise."It's not a pay raise, it's a COLA increase," Pelosi responded. "And whether that comes to be, I don't know. It would have to be a bipartisan initiative."In this case, Congress could allow itself a COLA (Cost of Living Adjustment) that would raise lawmakers' pay by $4,500 to $178,500, up from the current $174,000. (According to the Congressional Research Service, members of both the House and Senate are paid a salary of $174,000. The House and Senate majority and minority leaders are paid $193,400; and

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Reply 1 - Posted by: Mushroom 6/13/2019 2:49:45 PM (No. 97596)
No. COLA is the $40 increase in SS and take back $20 in increases Medicare. That is COLA. You just want a raise and we aren't grovelling about it anymore.
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Reply 2 - Posted by: Mushroom 6/13/2019 2:51:01 PM (No. 97598)
Sorry, but just one other thought, Did you finish that budget yet? Until you *do* your job how can you justify any increase?
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Reply 3 - Posted by: Marjbaldwin 6/13/2019 2:53:57 PM (No. 97601)
Not to worry. Democrats need pay raises so they can redistribute the extra money to the poor, which is what they do. Because they're compassionate. And you aren't.
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Reply 4 - Posted by: Southron 6/13/2019 2:54:47 PM (No. 97603)
Almost $200,000 a year for those incompetent losers. I think the pay raise should be put to a vote of taxpayers.
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Reply 5 - Posted by: weirdone 6/13/2019 2:55:07 PM (No. 97604)
No it is called taking money under false pretenses. (Fraud)
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Reply 6 - Posted by: Wary American 6/13/2019 2:56:39 PM (No. 97605) a taxpayer for TOO many years: NO NO NO NO NO...!!!!!!! They DO NOT DESERVE their paychecks now. D I S G U S T I N G
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Reply 7 - Posted by: Foont 6/13/2019 3:00:02 PM (No. 97609)
Politicians go to D.C. with $200 in the bank and leave 30 years later with millions. They engage in insider trading (not illegal for them), grease the skids for family and friends by exerting influence to get them cushy jobs involving no work (and never a real product) and fat contracts all at the expense of actual, productive citizens. These people are utterly shameless and, what with the complete lack of consequences for their corruption, are out in the open in their slimy dealings - almost as if they want to rub it in our faces. Given the amount of money made by these people through influence peddling, graft, corruption, skimming from campaign contributions (legal bribery) they SHOULD BE PAYING US FOR THE OPPORTUNITY TO BECOME WEALTHY DESPITE THE LACK OF TALENT, INTELLIGENCE AND INTEGRITY displayed by damned near every one of them. The only thing these people are good at is scamming the public for votes and spreading around other people's money to pay off constituents and ensure reelection.
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Reply 8 - Posted by: agrunt 6/13/2019 3:19:14 PM (No. 97619)
How about in consideration of what a poor job you have done we reduce your pay by 15%?
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Reply 9 - Posted by: scottj 6/13/2019 3:31:10 PM (No. 97633)
Just crumbs right Nancy? Democrats have done absolutely nothing. They shouldnt be getting paid at all.
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Reply 10 - Posted by: JediJerry 6/13/2019 3:36:01 PM (No. 97637)
To get paid work needs to be performed. I’m not feeling it. They need a reduction in pay. Pass it and bet me a dollar Trump vetos it.
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Reply 11 - Posted by: BirdsNest 6/13/2019 3:42:00 PM (No. 97643)
Make it equal with the SS Cola. See how YOU like that.
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Reply 12 - Posted by: Wendybird 6/13/2019 3:44:07 PM (No. 97648)
This is perfectly in keeping with the democrat conviction that everyone should be paid well regardless of absence of contribution to country, society,, family or even self. Actually, they should be fined for their negative contribution.
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Reply 13 - Posted by: Nimby 6/13/2019 3:53:10 PM (No. 97655)
The day you morons start doing real work, you can talk to us, your EMPLOYERS!!
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Reply 14 - Posted by: enemyofthestate 6/13/2019 3:54:00 PM (No. 97657)
"COLA increase"? More lib doublespeak. Lauughable. Libs and Dems are forever trying to change the meaning of language for their convenience. (One of the best examples is "women's reproductive health," which really means butchering unborn children.) Libs and Dems are forever trying to rewrite history for their convenience, too.
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Reply 15 - Posted by: cor-vet 6/13/2019 4:22:34 PM (No. 97684)
A $40 dollar COLA for SS recipients and a $4500 COLA for congress, because the cost of living is so much cheaper for the peons. Of course, congresses COLA comes from that bottomless pocketbook, called the American taxpayer. The SS COLA has to come from the broke SS trust fund, raided by congress to fund all of their pet projects, and to support all the illegal democrat voters that have never contributed that they are flooding the country with. So, HELL no!
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Reply 16 - Posted by: red1066 6/13/2019 4:29:14 PM (No. 97690)
Until the border crisis is ended, and every illegal is sent back to where they came from, I suggest a pay cut for Congress. Something in the neighborhood of 50%.
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Reply 17 - Posted by: bad-hair 6/13/2019 4:47:57 PM (No. 97706)
Pay yesterday $100. Pay today $101 That's a pay raise. Don't really care how much you spend.
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Reply 18 - Posted by: jeffkinnh 6/13/2019 5:13:30 PM (No. 97728)
People at these pay levels don't get COLAs. As an engineer, I got paid increases for my productivity and accepting increased responsibility. Of course if we did that for most of those in Congress, THEY would have to pay US. The high rate of pay for Congress critters attracts professional politicians who are little more than grifters. Tell you what. Agree to limit Senators to 2 terms and Representatives to 6 terms and you can have your raise.
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Reply 19 - Posted by: Jeremiah29_11 6/13/2019 6:00:30 PM (No. 97755)
Audit them until their rectum bleeds and then reclaim every last hidden profit, tax evasion and nefarious dealings with criminals.
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Reply 20 - Posted by: MickTurn 6/13/2019 6:28:27 PM (No. 97770)
Hey BWitch, COLA's can go both ways...your incompetent morons in the Democrap Caucus should be reduced 99%!
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Reply 21 - Posted by: LC Chihuahua 6/13/2019 6:31:46 PM (No. 97774)
Show that you can really do the job you were elected for, and then we can talk about pay raises. Its absurd that they need more regardless. $174,000 isn't enough? Get real. Housing is too expensive in DC? Build Congress a dormitory.
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Reply 22 - Posted by: bad-hair 6/13/2019 7:08:23 PM (No. 97804)
Pelosi needs a pay increase like I need an unsaturated fats increase. I'm a chef I know and II got it. She's a politician. She's just FAT. COLA won't matter much. Spit in the 22 TRILLION dollar national debt. Pay em.
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Reply 23 - Posted by: anniebc 6/13/2019 9:33:26 PM (No. 97848)
"It's a COLA increase." How about you mountain dew your job, you evil demon? You also swore to uphold the Constitution, so don't talk about PDT as if. Dingbat.
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Reply 24 - Posted by: watashiyo 6/13/2019 11:03:18 PM (No. 97873)
Giver them a pay raise! But they must pay their own: rent transportation cost(air and ground) meal(breakfast, lunch & dinner) hotel cost(room & tax) all legal fees administrative cost(secretary & interns) Medical & insurance ....did I miss anything?
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Reply 25 - Posted by: ColonialAmerican1623 6/13/2019 11:12:49 PM (No. 97879)
A raise ? Everyday you insult taxpayers. You work part time and get paid full time while lining your own pockets. Every politician in this country comes to US with lies and promises asking for donations and our votes. They are elected to represent We the People of These United States of America and to uphold the Constitution as it stands. And what do they do? Fight tooth and nail for illegals. All across America are citizens earning less than $1000 a month on SS. They are punished because they went on SSDI early. They live in poverty while an illegal gets cradle to grave care and pop out Anchor Babies. Could We vote on your raise ?
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Reply 26 - Posted by: Lawsy0 6/14/2019 7:43:36 AM (No. 98013)
I had a cola increase once; I accidentally shook the can and it ''increased'' all over me and the floor.
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Reply 27 - Posted by: jacksin5 6/14/2019 8:29:16 AM (No. 98050)
Reduce their salaries to the $15.00 per hour Living Wage. And issue time cards, so they can document time actually spent doing the People's work.
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Reply 28 - Posted by: bigfatslob 6/14/2019 9:11:09 AM (No. 98077)
Ms. Lady with the hockey goalie mask look, Nancy Pelosi, wants a pay raise here's my solution if she needs some 'walking around money. Cut your tremendous staff down to two people and pocket the money you save from your bloated existence.
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Reply 29 - Posted by: little guy 6/14/2019 9:39:57 AM (No. 98099)
They deserve an Un-Cola. (And I don't mean 7 Up!)
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Reply 30 - Posted by: starboard 6/14/2019 10:39:46 AM (No. 98159)
No pay raises for those who don't their job for the American people.
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Reply 31 - Posted by: Calico Al 6/14/2019 11:49:31 AM (No. 98221)
Show us your tax returns from the time you took office to the present so we can determine if you need the raise.
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Reply 32 - Posted by: Arby 6/14/2019 12:19:34 PM (No. 98256)
People sometimes say that we should cut congress' pay until they actually do something. That won't work. They aren't in it for the money; they're in it to get the 'fame' that they would not otherwise be able to earn. If we could only threaten to reduce their fame and power they might finally act on our behalf.
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Reply 33 - Posted by: Vincent Vega 6/14/2019 1:32:04 PM (No. 98299)
This is such a slap in the face to the American people. They are doing absolutely none of the work they were sent there to do, and now they have the unmitigated gall to ask for more money?? These people have no shame whatsoever. Disgusting.
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Reply 34 - Posted by: mizzmac 6/14/2019 2:40:30 PM (No. 98339)
I don't care what she calls it--she doesn't deserve it, and neither do her house colleagues--of any party. What it's darn sure not is a MERIT increase, because not a single one of those useless government employees is worth a lick. I'd love to fire them all.
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Reply 35 - Posted by: hotcorner 6/14/2019 3:04:17 PM (No. 98350)
#7 is a hero, right on. These folks are despicable.There should be no long term careers as legislators or civil servants. Term limits on every position. It's not that complex and they are lazy and never accountable.
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Reply 36 - Posted by: kbcama 6/14/2019 4:17:39 PM (No. 98370)
I want to know do congressmen get paid the rest of their lives and keep the special insurance package too? We have a one term (2 years) representative in my town who went to DC owning a small house and came back to buy a mini mansion and as far as I know has had no job since he came back some time ago....several people have told me he gets his salary as a congressman the rest of his life....can’t be true can it? And if so WHY?!?
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Reply 37 - Posted by: Sanddollar 6/14/2019 5:12:16 PM (No. 98390)
I get annoyed with how much time they take off. They don't just take a long weekend for Memorial Day but can take two weeks off. Why do they need a raise or COLA increase? If they would stay in Washington and work more days, I would support this.
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Reply 38 - Posted by: franq 6/15/2019 7:33:54 AM (No. 98497)
In the Swamp words mean anything and nothing at the same time. It's not a fine, it's a tax, for example.
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