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The Hill: Senators Pass Pay Cut Measure For Publicity, Few Follow Through

April 4, 2013 by  

The Senate, in a bid to make the American people believe lawmakers were holding themselves accountable for the Nation’s financial troubles, passed a measure last month urging members to forego 20 percent of their legislative pay during sequestration. But a poll of lawmakers conducted by The Hill suggests that a majority won’t follow through with the self-imposed pay cuts.

The U.S. Capitol Building in Washington


An amendment to Senate budget proposals by Senator Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) was passed by voice vote during the legislative body’s recent budget vote marathon. The measure urged lawmakers to donate 20 percent of their legislative pay to charity or return it to the Treasury so that lawmakers would feel some of the pain that other Americans affected by sequester cuts would endure.

The Hill’s recent effort, however, reveals that only a handful of Senators have taken steps to give up a portion of their pay: Graham, Mark Begich (D-Alaska), Claire McCaskill (Mo.), Mike Lee (R-Utah) and Jay Rockefeller (D-W.Va.).

The newspaper notes:

Senators make $174,000 annually. To fully comply with the Graham measure for a complete calendar year, members would return $34,000 to charity or the Treasury. To most people, that’s a lot of money; but for some members, that is chump change. About half of the lawmakers in Congress are millionaires.

One of the more well-to-do among the Senators, Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.), expressed her opposition to any plan that would affect Senate pay negatively by claiming that it would hurt “the dignity of the job.”

A White House official announced Wednesday that President Barack Obama will voluntarily return $16,666.67, or 5 percent of his $400,000 salary, to the U.S. Treasury to do his part in offsetting sequestration.

Sam Rolley

Staff writer Sam Rolley began a career in journalism working for a small town newspaper while seeking a B.A. in English. After learning about many of the biases present in most modern newsrooms, Rolley became determined to find a position in journalism that would allow him to combat the unsavory image that the news industry has gained. He is dedicated to seeking the truth and exposing the lies disseminated by the mainstream media at the behest of their corporate masters, special interest groups and information gatekeepers.

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  • Allen

    Nancy Pelosi isn’t a Senator and 5 percent of $400,000 is $20,000. Clumsy facts trump credibility every time.

  • Warrior

    One small step for man…………………….

  • John Cherish

    Do you really think they were going to do this it was all for show seems they had “good intentions” but acting on that is something they lack in Washington DC just like obeying the will of the people or doing what they say they will do ALL politicians LIE

    • marylou

      OBAMA is a millionaire….chump change…tax write-off..and we are giving him room and board free…and paying for the Os to eat in the best restaurants and living in elite hotels with our dime.

      Better they stay at the WH and stop the millions they spend on ‘bachelor’ and ‘bachelorette’ vacations because they are incompatible?

  • CatGman

    Pelosi says “it would hurt the dignity of the job”. The fact the she and others like her hold the job shows there IS NO DIGNITY in the job. This congress is an ignominious failure. The congress and this administration are a bad joke and the joke is on us.
    We the people are too stupid and too lazy to do anything about it.

  • momo

    Jesus…check your facts. Pelosi is a congresswoman, and 5 percent of 400,000 is 20,000.

  • Bill Henry

    These people are going to do nothing that comes close to helping the economy. Sequestration or raising taxes on the richest people in the country will not put a dent in the amount that this pecker wood in the White House and his cronies want to spend. You cannot even imagine what a trillion dollars is. It is one thousand billion bucks. $1,000,000,000,000, and we owe 16 rapidly becoming 17 of these numbers. Sorry, but it’s not possible and quite presumptive of these “dignified” folks to believe that We the People would believe it, of course I am using We the People to indicate those people who really care what is becoming of our great nation.



  • yahoo

    Nancy Pelosi is all about dignity. This woman is such a fake. I would not trust her with anything. Obama likes her becuase she does whatever she is told, just like a puppet.

  • Dad

    Pelosi has dignity???

  • satelliter

    President Barack Obama will voluntarily return $16,666.67… Isn’t it ironic that his portion just happens to be expressed with three sixes. The Devil is in the details, right?


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