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House Democrats Suggest They Need a Pay Raise

House Democrats are so pleased with their performance in Congress that they believe taxpayers should be giving them a $4,500 pay raise.

Spending leaders have reportedly voiced support for 2020 funding bills that would no longer block cost-of-living adjustments. Congress had voted to freeze congressional salaries at $174,000 in 2009 as the midterm elections approached and while the Obama economy struggled.

GOP leaders struck down the automatic increases every year since.

Now, with Democrats regaining control of the House following the 2018 midterms, they’re setting their sites on an increase.

Evan Hollander, a spokesperson for the House Appropriations Committee, said: “There is strong bipartisan support for these modest inflation adjustments.”

‘Bipartisan support’ is questionable at best, as opposition remains for anything that would provide poor optics to a political body already viewed negatively by the American people.

“A salary increase for us?” Rep. Doug LaMalfa (R-CA) scoffed. “It’s not very high on my radar and it’d be as popular as the plague. It’d show kind of a disconnect with the people.”

An appropriate analogy since most American voters view Congress with more disdain than the bubonic plague.

“I think the American people would think that Congress ought to earn it first,” Senate Appropriations Chairman Richard Shelby (R-AL) suggested.

Have They Earned It?

It would appear House Democrats have moved on from their slogan of “for the people” and shifted more towards concern ‘for their wallets.’

Have they earned that right?

To date, their only legislative accomplishment has been a symbolic vote to pass amnesty legislation for Dreamers, putting the rights of illegals far above those of the people.

Roll Call reported in April that the opposition party has made a habit of holding “votes on resolutions that do not carry the force of law and are designed simply to send a message.”

In other words, they’re pretending to work hard while playing solitaire on their computer when the boss isn’t looking.

Don’t They Make Enough?

Furthermore, how is $174,000 a year not enough of a salary for members of Congress? It’s more than three times the average American’s salary, and yet still isn’t enough for these socialist elitists?

In 2011, two years after congressional pay raises were frozen at that rate, the Department of Defense reported the estimated salary of a Navy SEAL “with over a dozen years of experience and an E-7 pay grade” was about $54,000.

Who deserves the higher salary in that scenario?

Democrats are so enamored with a $15/hour wage for fast food workers while producing far less work than anyone in that industry, they should make that the congressional pay rate going forward.

That’s something the people will no doubt get behind.

Rusty Weiss

Rusty Weiss is a freelance writer focusing on the conservative movement and its political agenda. He has been following and analyzing the political climate for several years, and his writings have appeared in the Daily Caller, FoxNews.com and more.

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  • Sorry, besides not deserving it, can’t afford it since you blew about 30+ million tax dollars on a phony Russian/Trump collusion investigation for last 2 1/2 yeas. Only person in DC that deserves a raise is the President. But he donates his paycheck to charity.

  • Sorry, besides not deserving it, can’t afford it since you blew about 30+ million tax dollars on a phony Russian/Trump collusion investigation for last 2 1/2 yeas. Only person in DC that deserves a raise is the President. But he donates his paycheck to charity.

  • What do they need a raise for. I was in congress and it was 2/3 empty as one of the guys there was talking about our social security. Guess that is why they wouldn't let us take our cameras in there. They don;t need a salary to start with as they get the bribes from the lobbyist and special interest groups, which I'm sure they don't report. How else do they become millionaires when they leave office. AOC doesn't get it as they are afraid she'll tell all about it with her big mouth. Plus they have a hugh expense account. I've dated a few politicians when I was young and dumb, so i know personally. They should have thought about it before wasting the billions of $$$$ on thier republican witch hunt. STUPID??

  • What do they need a raise for. I was in congress and it was 2/3 empty as one of the guys there was talking about our social security. Guess that is why they wouldn't let us take our cameras in there. They don;t need a salary to start with as they get the bribes from the lobbyist and special interest groups, which I'm sure they don't report. How else do they become millionaires when they leave office. AOC doesn't get it as they are afraid she'll tell all about it with her big mouth. Plus they have a hugh expense account. I've dated a few politicians when I was young and dumb, so i know personally. They should have thought about it before wasting the billions of $$$$ on thier republican witch hunt. STUPID??

  • In short, GreenDice, we need to put an END to ALL "special" programs for Congress that the people who pay them do not enjoy, put an end to EXEMPTING THEMSELVES from the laws they enact on the REST OF US, and take the ability to raise their OWN pay OUT of their hands altogether! I think ALL Congressional pay raises should be subject to the POPULAR vote during the NEXT national election. I'm betting that would make them a little more accountable to those of us who pay for their inflated salaries and LAVISH benefits they have voted for themselves!

  • If these USELESS PARASITES actually believe they are doing SUCH a great job they deserve a raise . . . well, that just PROVES how out-of-touch with reality and DELUSIONAL they are!

  • If these USELESS PARASITES actually believe they are doing SUCH a great job they deserve a raise . . . well, that just PROVES how out-of-touch with reality and DELUSIONAL they are!

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