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Congressional Salaries

House Lawmakers Vote To Block Their Pay Hike

AP | ANDREW TAYLOR | Posted 07.01.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON (AP) — House lawmakers voted for the sixth year in a row on Thursday to deny themselves the cost-of-living pay hike that they would other...

Why Are Many Members of Congress Among the Few Americans That Can Retire?

Jane White | Posted 06.22.2014 | Politics
Jane White

If we can't reform our system, we at least need to communicate to baby boomers that they need to stay at their decently-paying jobs at least another decade, rather than "retiring" and ending up taking part-time, benefit-less minimum-wage jobs to try to make ends meet.

House Leaders Again Move To Freeze Their Paychecks

AP | By ANDREW TAYLOR | Posted 06.03.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON (AP) — Top House leaders are trying again to stop the automatic cost-of-living pay increase for lawmakers. The proposal wo...

Amanda Terkel

GOP Lawmaker Won't Give Up Shutdown Salary Because It's 'What I Earn'

HuffingtonPost.com | Amanda Terkel | Posted 10.08.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Rep. Kevin Cramer (R-N.D.) won't be joining the more than 100 lawmakers who are giving up their pay during the shutdown. "I'm stayin...

The Party That Campaigns on This Policy Will Sweep the '14 Elections

Paul Abrams | Posted 09.15.2013 | Politics
Paul Abrams

So, if a party really wants to win the '14 elections so that they can get the unemployment rates down to ~4 percent, they will prove it to voters by agreeing upfront to a shared sacrifice. How does one do that? Simple. Peg congressional salaries to the unemployment rate.

There Ought to Be a Law Against an 'Incompetent' Congress

Diane Dimond | Posted 08.29.2013 | Politics
Diane Dimond

What would you say if I told you the federal government is spending at least $800 million dollars on something you don't like or want? It's happening. Year after year and the actual figure is probably closer to $1 billion dollars annually.

Lawmaker Returns Salary In Sequestration Solidarity

The Huffington Post | Chelsea Kiene | Posted 04.04.2013 | Politics

As the effects of sequestration ripple through communities nationwide, Rep. Tammy Duckworth (D-Ill.) announced Wednesday that she has returned a porti...

Rep. Ruben Hinojosa, Member Of House Financial Services Committee, Emerges From Bankruptcy

The Huffington Post | Chelsea Kiene | Posted 03.07.2013 | Politics

Rep. Ruben Hinojosa (D-Texas), who filed for personal bankruptcy in December 2010, has emerged from Chapter 11, according to a court document. The ...

The Many, Many Proposals To Cut Congressional Pay

Arthur Delaney | Posted 01.18.2013 | Politics
Arthur Delaney

Republicans in the U.S. House of Representatives announced Friday they'll seek a temporary increase in the government's borrowing limit. In return, th...

Productive Or Not, It Pays To Be In Congress

Posted 01.27.2013 | Politics

It pays pretty well to legislate in Washington. Members of Congress, both senators and representatives, now make $174,000 a year. Compare that to the ...

Arthur Delaney

'No Show, No Pay Act' Is Latest Longshot Bill To Cut Congressional Pay

HuffingtonPost.com | Arthur Delaney | Posted 07.24.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- A bill to dock pay for members of Congress who miss votes is the latest token effort to cut congressional salaries. "Our primary dut...

Give Me Back My Money, I'll Make Something Happen

Bob Banov and Roger Ohlsen | Posted 03.26.2012 | Politics
Bob Banov and Roger Ohlsen

You can argue tax policy until you're blue in the face, as well as income inequality. But the first steps in the development of a government besides finding an even-handed way it can govern fairly, is to govern itself without greed, corruption and selfishness.

Friday Talking Points -- Cut Congress' Pay!

Chris Weigant | Posted 01.18.2012 | Politics
Chris Weigant

The winner of the Most Impressive Democrat of the Week this week is Gabrielle Giffords for writing to the "supercommittee" and suggesting the idea that if Congress wants to cut spending, why not cut the pay for House and Senate members?

Congress Must Eliminate Its Own Pensions, Reduce Its Salaries -- Before Cutting a Dime From Middle Class Entitlements

Paul Abrams | Posted 09.22.2011 | Politics
Paul Abrams

Dear Members of Congress: You pay yourselves a whopping $174,000 per year, and healthcare and nice cushy pensions. Sorry, girls and boys, but we cannot afford it anymore.

Elected Officials -- May I Have Your Attention, Please!

Tom Gerdy | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Tom Gerdy

I am a carpenter, a small-business owner, and a taxpayer. That being the case, I am your boss. As your boss, I expect more for the money you are receiving.

What Congress Is Doing With $1 Billion Of YOUR Tax Dollars

AOL News | Ernie Smith | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Together, the Sunlight Foundation's three databases of this internal congressional spending -- prepared in coordination with the Capitol Hill newspape...

Congressional Leaders Making Plenty Of Money, Many Are Heavily Invested In Stock Market

AP | JIM ABRAMS | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON — House Republican leader John Boehner bought BP and other oil company stock last year while other lawmakers were a little more fortu...

Should Congress Take a Pay Cut?

The Huffington Post | Jeremy Binckes | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

A bill introduced in Congress would reduce congressional pay by five percent. Representative Ann Kirkpatrick (D-Ariz.) introduced the Taking Responsi...

Time To Stop Paying Lameduck Members of Congress If They Stop Showing Up For Work

Mark Nickolas | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Mark Nickolas

14 of the 26 non-voting members are lameducks who seem less interested in saving anything except their fat paychecks.