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Nearly 20 Bills Proposed To Limit Congressional Pay

July 4, 2011 by  

Some proposed bills in Congress would limit lawmakers' pay.Legislators have introduced 18 pieces of legislation during this Congress to try to cut or freeze their pay for 2013.

According to The Hill, both houses of Congress have frozen their pay for 2011 and 2012, but they are scheduled to get an automatic pay raise in 2013. The proposed bills come as the economy continues to struggle and the Aug. 2 deadline for raising the debt ceiling approaches.

The news source reports that such legislation has been popular with citizens who have been dissatisfied over the recent attempts to right the economy and employment situation in the United States.

"With a budget deficit of nearly $1.5 trillion this year, it is clear that Congress is not doing its job to reduce spending and should not get a pay increase," said Representative Cliff Stearns (R-Fla.), who introduced one of the bills.

According to the news source, both chambers have frozen member pay at $174,000 annually for both 2011 and 2012.

Some of the proposed legislation would do away with automatic pay increases for Congress and force members to vote for raises.

According to the Congressional Research Service, annual pay increases for Congress have been about 2.7 percent annually in recent years. 

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  • Cawmun Cents

    GEE!…..I am glad they can make such a sacrifice in these hard times.Some have enjoyed a semi-permanent freeze of pay.Not just the rate either.Some arent getting any pay at all.Now if they(Congress)were to defer three quarters of their pay to charity,we might be talking somewhere in the neighborhood of graciousness.But I wont hold my breath.Better yet,send their checks payable to the National Debt Foundation…(sorry but I cant give out my home adress)here in sunny California….HAW!-CC.

    • Vagabond

      well bully for them. they are so big hearted. I am retired barely existing on social security and a small VA check. when obama took office he frose all cost of living increas for those of us on social security. but every thing I have to buy has gone up over ONE HUNDRE PERCENT a gallon of tea that I have been buying for years at walmart used to cost one dollar. it now costs two dollars and twenty six cents. I dont need to remind you of how much gas has gone up because of his BRILLIANT handling of the oil spill. it was absolutely BRILLIANT to close drilling for American drillers while telling the brasillians WE WANT TO BE YOUR BEST CUSTOMERS. king obummer is an IDIOT, and so are those who still support him,

      • 12stringer

        Vagabond,
        Many people learn to cut expenses. So instead of whining about not getting any raises, man up and learn inventive ways to save: Here’s some free advice that will save you a few hundred dollars a year: Instead of buying the premade, overpriced iced tea at Wal-Mart, buy tea bags and a tea kettle and brew your own. While you have some start-up costs for the tea bags and kettle, Within a month you will have recovered the cost in what you will have saved from brewing your own tea instead of buying it pre-made. I guarantee, the large tea bags for brewing iced tea will make at least six gallons of tea, at the same cost as one gallon of premade tea.
        In addition, you will have tea that is fresh–not infused with preservatives, and much better tasting.
        Want it sweetened? Add sugar instead of the high fructose corn syrup the manufacturers used. It’s still cheaper to brew your own.
        Want to preserve it so it doesn’t go stale overnight: buy some peppermint tea and add a couple of bags of that to the tea while it is brewing.

    • Bus

      They should all be impeached, but congress people can only be impeached by the vote of the people – because they all are ignoring the 27th amendment with these automatic pay raises.

      • Lori

        I’m so sick and tired of all of these congressmen voting to automatically giveing themselves a raise every year while so many people out there are having to cut back on so many things. So many HARD WORKING PEOPLE HAVE EITHER LOST THIER HOMES, JOBS, AND EVEN LOST THEIR MEDICAL INSURANCE. And yet here again we have the congress giving themselves another raise for themselves while so many other people are forced to cut back on so many things, why do they ( the congress) think that they can step all over the AMERICAN PEOPLE AND YET AGAIN GIVE THEMSELVES ANOTHER RAISE,IT IS SO UNFAIR TO THE AMERICAN PEOPLE. WE SHOULD NOT HAVE TO GO THRU THIS. WE NEED TO GET ALL OF THEM OUT OF CONGRESS AND THE FEDERAL GOVERMNET AND THE WHITE HOUSE. WE LITERLEY NEED TO CLEAN HOUSE IN WASHINTON D.C.

        • http://google harold caton

          i am with you100per cent , we do not have real honest people in congress or senate ,they are all out for themselfs ,all they want is to get relected .

      • Patty

        A raise? How about a 25% cut and abolish thier benefit package? Most of those congress people are MULTI-millionaires. What do they need another lousy 174k for? http://www.opensecrets.org/news/2011/03/as-a-class-congressional-freshmen-e.html

  • Bob

    Two problems are immediately apparent here. The first is that politicians will just steal more to make up the difference. Second, their pay is a drop in the ocean when compared to the vast amount of money spent on overpaid, underworked government employees, corporate parasites, and welfare parasites. I would be willing to give congress a raise if it dealt with the true reasons we are going broke: big government, corporate parasites, welfare parasites, and grossly overpaid government employees.

    • Emma

      Not ALL government employees are overpaid, just the chiefs. The Indians are in the same situation that other citizens are in. They are paid no more than anyone else.

      • Bob

        Utter nonsense Emma – you are either niave or a lieberal liar. I have worked in government and I know just exactly how overpaid most government employees are. Government employees make at least 25% more than people with similar jobs in the private sector, they get a lot more time off (typically 12 sick days and three personal days, 12 to 15 holidays a year, and up to 5 weeks vacation after a relatively short time of service). They get better insurance and retirement than most people and they do a heck of a lot lot less work for the money and benefits they get. I suspect that, when pay and benefits are stacked up against productivity, the government employee/drone/parasite costs twice as much as an employee doing the same work in the private sector.

        • Drtminer

          Right on Bob… To my knowledge, there has never been a representative that went back to D.C. and did not become a millionaire after a few terms… (I do not include Ron Paul.. Ron does not take the increases and does not do the bidding of lobbyists) They are paid handsomely by lobbyists to do their bidding… D.C. is truly a ‘District of Criminals” who seek their own self-aggrandizement to the detriment of their incumbents…

        • Tony

          This is utterly false information. Sources? You can’t have any becuase it’s propoganda. I’m conservative, but the false info being spread about the every day government employee is insane (not talking about the elitists). First, they compare government employees who mainly have degrees to private sector workers. This would be fine if they didn’t use people who work at gas stations and wal-mart in their statistics. I’m an engineer and can make about 10-20% more in the private sector, and that’s a fact. Factor in our retirement which isn’t as good as everyone thinks, at least the new system, and I’ll go as far as saying we’re equal to the private sector. Under the new retirement system, it’s impossible to retire off of unless you have some other form of investments. Again, this is an entitlement that I don’t take for granted, and would be fine if it was abolished because I make my own investments independently. My health care when I worked for private was 2x as good and $10 cheaper per pay. We do not get “12-15 paid holidays,” we get 10…most people get 8. We get 13 sick days a year with no extra “personal days.” I too believe that is excessive. I use 2-3 days a year at most, because unlike what you and most people think about government employees, I am very busy year round and don’t have time to “call off.” After 15 years of service, not “a relatively short time of service,” we get 5 weeks of vacation. We start with 0 days of vacation initially, and it must be earned over time.

          Please do some research before you start blabbering anarchy all over internet boards. Use some common sense. Sure, there are a lot of agencies that are useless, but there are also some that are absolutely necessary.

      • Patty

        But there are so many more of them. All with benefits and pensions that are also unfunded. If our elected officials did thier job themselves, they wouldn’t need a bunch of flunkies running around them and doing thier bidding.

      • Kay Morgareidge

        Even rank and file government employees fare better than the average in the private sector due to exceptionally good retirement benefits, great healthcare plans and more holidays per year than most of us enjoy. I knokw several retired government workers who double-dipped retirement pay by getting a private sector job for the minimum amount of time to qualify for Social Security.

        Having worked with both state and federal level employees, I found that very few would consider “Is this worth the time and effort required to obtain the result?” Few know how to hussle.
        Kathleen

    • Fedtopcop

      Bob, I agree with some of your observations. But not all government employees are overpaid. I get shot at and my family has had multiple death threats just to keep you safe and keep the drug cartels off the street. All for $46,000 a year. My children don’t think I’m overpaid.

  • TIME

    This is a classic example of why you need to vote out all the long time Politicians as well take away their benifit packages.

    Any one of them that votes for a pay raise with out YOUR, as in the TAX paying American’s consent needs to be replaced ASAP by any and all means.

    • Lori

      I TOTALY AGREE WITH YOU, WHAT GIVES THEM THE RIGHT TO VOTE THEMSELVES THE RAISE AND FOR THAT MATTER VOTE FOR AS MUCH OF A RAISE AS POSSILBE, THEY DON’T HAVE THAT RIGHT BUT THEY TAKE IT ANYWAY BECAUSE THEY PROBALY ARE THINKING TO THEM SELVES WHAT CAN THEY DO TO US, WELL WE CAN VOTE THEIR BUTTS OUT OF THERE COME THE NEXT ELECTIONS YEAR, BUT THEY PROBALY THINK THAT WE WON’T DO THAT TO THEM, WELL PEOPLE WE DO NEED TO DO THAT TO THEM. THEY HAVE BEEN IN OFFICE WAY TO LONG AND NEED TO BE TAKEN OUT OF THERE AS SOON AS POSSILBE.AND HOPEFULLY VOTE SOME HONSET PEOPLE IN THERE.

  • don

    wouldnt it be sweet to make $174,000 a year. i’d have a good life. it’s funny how much they get especially most of them are financially comfortable before they take office.our overpaid reps will always be comfortable. i’d almost bet that the writers of the original constitution never meant it to be this way.

    • home boy

      whats even better is that after they serve 1 term they get a pension for the rest of their life. what a country.

      • Lori

        I THINK THAT THEY NEED TO SPEND ALOT MORE THAN JUST A YEAR IN OFFICE BEFORE THEY ARE ABLE TO GET A PENSION ONCE THEY RETIRE,JUST SERVING ONE YEAR DOESN’T MEAN ANYTHING. LET THEM SPEND LIKE 50 OR 60 YEARS BEFORE THEY GET THEIR PENSIONS,MAKE THEM WORK FOR THEIR PENSIONS,MAKE THEM REALLY WORK FOR THE PEOPLE THAT’S HOW THEY GOT THE JOB IN THE FIRST PLACE BECAUSE WE VOTED THEM IN THERE,SO MAKE THEM WORK FOR THAT PENSION.

        • Patty

          WE should not allow them to spend enough time in office as to be able to get a pension.

        • Matt Newell

          The problem is — THEY (the politicians) SHOULD NOT BE GETTING A PENSION for being in office! Our representatives were supposed to serve a term or two and then go back to the private sector to make their living. Somewhere along the line the politicians convinced the people (voters) that they were working for a living when they were passing laws. And since that was their job they should get a pension.

          This problem is in every type of government activity. Local city governments do much the same thing as we are talking about the federal government doing. ALL GOVERNMENT (elected people) should NOT get pensions paid by we the people (if they want one contribute to it with their own money — nothing paid for by us). The insurance they get should be contributed to in the same manner as we the people have to do in our insurance plans (you pay so much a month and co-payments for things you use — and you MUST have co-payments). There should be NO perks such as franking, autos, life insurance, office space and supplies paid for by we the people (if you want it, you pay for it yourself). Per-diem should be stopped for our elected representatives (they make as much per day as a lot of people make a week — it might make them get something done instead of the grandstanding we normally see going on).

    • Emma

      The Founding Fathers served their country without pay. They all had full time jobs or were wealthy enough not to have to work. That’s why they were called Statesmen.

  • mrsgengiskhan

    i wish i could vote on on how much my salary (and pension plan) will be.

  • Walter

    Until our elected officials learn that they work for the voting citizens of the U.S.A. the problems will continue to become worse until we become a bankrupt powerless country.
    We should have the collective power to force our congress and senate to reduce salary, benefits (to include their special retirement). Those we have elected to enact laws that would protect the ordinary citizen have only bolstered their status.
    Term limits must become mandatory so we can clean up the abominable situation our career politicians have created.

    • home boy

      ya think! well guess what . they have all the power and you have zero. game set match. and don’t tell me you have the power of to vote because that’s a joke. the system needs to be changed and that means getting rid of all politicians every where. until then you lose.

    • Lori

      AMEN YOU TOOK THE WORDS RIGHT OUT OF MY MOUTH,I TO WISH THAT WE HAD THE POWER TO DO JUST THAT. THEY GET INTO OFFICE AND AFTER A SHORT TIME THEY JUST ABUSE THE SYSTEM AND I DON’T KNOW WHY THEY GET BY WITH IT,WE THE AMERICAN PEOPLE MUST START FIGHTING BACK AND FIGHTING BACK BEFORE IT IS TO LATE.

  • fozzysmom

    first things first, their pay is too high to start with. they are there as a PUBLIC SERVENT, why in the world would an EMPLOTYER,(us), pay his EMPLOYEE (them), MORE then he pays himself ? doesn’t happen in the real world. second, their social sicurity should go in the pot with the rest of OURS, not in a special fund set aside to insure their social security is always going to be there,(not fair). third, their retirement should not be more then their averaged earnings from first day hired and ALL saleries cap at $100,000.00.( the presidents’, MAYBE $150,000.00 or $200,000.00, depending on his job approval from the public, it could go down). ALL pay a % of their healthcare primium costs, NOTHING is going to free. no limoes or any vehical provided to them or have access to unless THEY pay out of their pocket. NOBODY gets OUR money to redecorate thier office each yr. or when newly apointed. thie would be only the tip of the iceburg. every person in that white house is there to be a servent to us, to do what is in OUR best interest, FOR us. the only thing OUR white house has been doing for decades, with the last three yrs being the boiling point for the rest of Americans, is to create money, power and favor fot themselves and themselves only and the rest of the world be damned. they do it with a smile and accually belive they have a right and deserve it. it’s parcially our fault for letting it get out of control, but how are we suppose to know what accually goes on. the check and balances put in place were oviously bought off. i feel NOW would be a good time to burst the little privet world of a bubble those people live in. it’s gone on too long and all while the American people are, and have been suffering. they don’t care about us, so why should we care about them and their need to keep up their lifestyle. yes, they throw us a crumb once in a while, but the things they do n have been doing is so shameful and discusting, it’s getting too heard for the American people to watch anymore. sorry this turned out this long, but it seems nobody likes to talk about the selfishness, greedy, power hungry, selfserving, pompus, errogent people we have working FOR us. it just gets old, and i am so ashamed of our gonvt.. i’d like to be proud of them someday. have a good and safe 4th of July.

  • MRMO

    walter is rite they need to have term limits. once in office they get hooked on the gravy (goodies) if they are there to long !! no retirement package, most of them have big money to start with. and for sure take away that premo insurance they get for life for free after one term. they gave us that obumer care saying how great it is, they should have it as well!!!!!!!! thank you and “GOD BLESS AMERICA” !!!

  • Ricardo36

    FIRE THEM ALL and hire a MANAGEMENT TEAM to be rotated every TWO YEARS!
    THEY ARE THE ONES THAT GOT US IN THIS MESS AND THEY SHOULD BE THE ONES TO PAY RATHER THEN WE PEASANTS! GOD BLESS AMERICA!

  • http://N/A EARNEY WRIGHT

    I PROPOSE THAT ALL SENTATORS AND REPRESENTATIVES BE REQUIRED TO SURRENDER $75,000.00 OF THE OVERPAID SALARIES. THE MONEY SURRENDERED MUST BE DEPOSITED TO THE SOCIAL SECURITY SYSTEN WHICH THEY HAVE THEY HAVE STOLLEN ABOUT $3,000,000.00 FROM OVER SEVERAL YEARS.
    THE REMAINING SALARY WILL BE ABOUT $100,000.00 WHICH WOULD BE MORE THAN ADEQUATE CONSIDERING THAT THEY ONLY WORK THREE DAYS A WEEK.
    ON TOP OF THAT THEY RECEIVE FREE MEDICAL CARE AND THEIR FULL SALARIES FOR THE REST OF THEIR LIVES AS THIER RETIREMENT BENEFIT.
    I ADDITION TO THAT THEY SHOULD NOT GIVE THEM SELVES A RAISES ANY GREATER THAN THE AMOUNT THAT IS GIVEN AS COLA TO SENIOR CITIZENS.

    • Lori

      YOU ARE SO RIGHT, AND WHY SHOULD THEY GET FREE MEDICAL BENIFITS,THEY ARE WORKING FOR US THEY SHOULD HAVE TO PAY FOR THEIR HEALTH CARE ALSO. THEY ARE NO BETTER THAN WE ARE SO WHY SHOULD THEY GET ALL THESE BENIFTS. WE VOTED THEM IN THERE TO WORK FOR US.PEOPLE WE NEED TO WAKE UP AND SEE’S WHAT’S HAPPENING TO US AND START FIGHTING BACK FOR OUR RIGHTS NOW BEFORE IT’S TO LATE. WE NEED TO CLEAN HOUSE NOW.

  • http://marcum1@wildblue.net coal miner

    WHO ROBS THE POOR AND GIVES TO THE RICH?GUESS WHO? YOU ARE RIGHT.UNCLE SAM.

    • http://contributor.yahoo.com/user/165033/larrwayne_po.html LarrWayne

      0bomba is the new robbing hood.

  • John Joshua Sweet

    I am in favor of following the Constitution! It does not say that they can serve multiple terms and out lines the limits of each office in Congress and the Presidency. The only ones with life long positions are the Judges in the Supreme Court.

  • Gerald G. Jones

    It is then agreeed that our Congresspeople are overpaid and should not get a raise until we say so. After all when old folks don’t suffer from inflation they dont get a raise.

    • http://marcum1@wildblue.net coal miner

      Gerald G. Jones

      “In my many years I have come to a conclusion that one useless man is a shame, two is a law firm, and three or more is a congress. ”
      — John Adams

  • MStoneManiac

    How to fix the Washington mess:
    Term Limits – 3 terms max or no more than 12 years tops, career politicians getting rich in office needs to end. We need to restore the notion of servitude in the title of “public servant”.
    End Lobbying – ban ALL lobbying and put a cap on corporate/ special interest/ campaign/ party contributions.
    Campaign Limitations – limit campaigns to six months before elections and cap campaign spending so ALL candidates can compete.
    Campaign Equality – ALL candidates, from ALL parties, should get their fair share of air time to state their platform.
    Legislative Bill Reform – no more erroneous thousand-page bills that no on reads. Bills will be singular items that deal with one topic and its related features and limited to 25 pages max.

  • Sherry

    I agree one thousand percent with MStoneManiac! Does anyone know of ANY business where the employees get to give THEMSELVES raises? Frankly, if I had ONE of our “dear” lawmakers salaries I could not only take care of MY family but a number of others as well. Oh, and WITHOUT all the extras such as limos, free flight, medical, et. al!

  • http://Google Ghara

    Wow…such a fantastic package don’t you think. Everyone is hurting everywhere and just that limitations besides all that. We the people suffer because of that…but no such way to touch our seniors social security benefits. Congress and Senators could reduce by 10% of their salary for next budget year. Will see how much this would bring down the deficits. They already have that package deal of everything…they can sure need to reduce it. For the future of our seniors, middle income and poor.

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