Congress has pushed the fiscal cliff to the brink and has been the least productive since at least the 1940s. No matter, lawmakers will get a pay raise in 2013, reports The Weekly Standard.
The annual salary of members of Congress will rise from $174,000 to 174,900. Leadership in Congress, including the speaker of the House and Senate majority leader, will likewise get an increase.
Under current federal law lawmakers' pay automatically rises unless they specifically vote to deny themselves a raise - which this year they didn't. The $900-a-year raise is in line with what other federal workers will get in the coming year. That's because President Barack Obama recently issued an executive order to end the pay freeze on federal employees, in effect giving some federal workers a raise.
Nonproductive, all of them, not one of them deserves a raise, and the Democrats want to raise taxes to pay for more spending, not cuts, not reduce the deficit, but to spend more money. Wonderful, Tax and Spend Democrats are sending this country the way of Greece and Spain.
At least Democrats understand that spending needs to be paid for with taxes. All the Republicans have done for 30+ years is spend us to oblivion while cutting taxes at the same time... Hell... Republicans can't even agree among themselves what should get cut and have done NOTHING to reduce the deficit that THEY created.
@AceLuby What alternative universe do you live on? The last time we had a balance budget the Republicans were in charge of the House and Senate and forced Clinton to balance the budget. This Drama Queen of a president hasn't even bothered to pass a budget let alone balance it. AND, do you run your household on simply spending and borrowing and never paying down the debt? As to cuts, at least the R's are talking about cuts, the D's are totally all in place with no cuts ever, just tax and spend, tax and spend until we are broke and in shambles like Greece and Spain. How will you libs. like being FORCED to cut your precious entitlements? Rioting in the streets is what the did in Greece and Spain, just more of the gimme, gimme mentality of a typical progressive.
@Food4thoughts You, sir, have it right! Barack Obama got elected on the promise of free food, housing, phones, and such. HOWEVER, the folks who WORK for a LIVING will not qualify for his largesss...excuse me, I mean the additional burden which will be put on their backs. Congress not only should NOT get a pay raise, but should have to give at least 60% of their pay from last year back as they did not do the work we hired them to do. Or, we could just FIRE THEIR SORRY ASSES
@Tralee No... that's not what happened. In fact, the govt shut down until Congress did what Clinton wanted, which was raise taxes and force Congress to actually pay for bills they sign. Then you have the 6 years of FULL GOP control where they cut taxes, started two wars, started an unpaid Rx drug plan, and balooned the deficit all on their own. They started the phrase "Reagan proved deficits don't matter" and did everything in their power to NOT pay off the debt.
Not only that, but many of those people are still in Congress, many of which have done a full 180 degree turn and are now self proclaimed 'budget hawks' even though they spent a good portion of their career being the opposite... like Paul Ryan for instance.
That's the most asinine thing I've ever heard. so in your mind you reward lazy non productive idiots? You do realize some of these Congress people think we visited Mars... others think of Puerto Rico gets to populated the island will capsize..... and still others think if you pass more laws you keep criminals from breaking them. Beach 1 of them should have to resign in disgrace and then do 1000 hours of community service picking up trash on the side of the road
$900 per year is no incentive for these people. They regularly spend more than that on lunch, but only when they can't find a lobbyist to pay for a meal. IMO, we should cut their pay in half until they get a substantial amount of work done, and take away all those perks like their cushy health care plan. Make them live like the rest of us for a while. Now THAT is incentive!
Send in the clowns. I look so forward when the American public get tired of the corruption and march to Washington armed and say No More and according to our constitution remove this defector government acting like they care about America when in fact they cut deals to line their families pockets
In manufacturing and engineering today, your pay incentive is generally after your year evaluation review for performance. If I were evaluated under their conditions, not only would I have NOT gotten a raise or cost of living enhancement, I would have probably been fired. Heck, I would have even fired me.
1st, Congress could not care less about the public's view of their salaries. Their payroll has not been their "daddy" for a long time like the way that monies received from special-interest, lobbying, and under-the-table deals are. 2nd,They need to show higher legitimate income to make their lifestyle more credible at tax time.
Where's MINE? I have been building a business for five years.... I know, El Presidente' says I didn't build it but I don't recall seeing ANYONE from the government here to do anything other than tell me how much MORE they get from me....
I haven't seen a pay raise. My employees do because it's fair to them and the Government does because THEY say so.
I'm here 75+ hours a week drive a car that's old enough to get it's own drivers license and if I'm walking around with a $20 bill am living high. The last day off I took was Christmas and before that, last Easter.
The Buffoon in the White House has the gall to give pay raises to congress when there is NO money and not even a budget over his entire term.
"This is my last election ... After my election I have more flexibility," Thanks a bunch....
So many things wrong with this! Our government is broke! They are suppose to work for us! We should be the ones deciding their salary, what medical insurance they get, what their pension is.. From the top down! Executive orders, zars, the whole party not showing up to vote or debate, yet we elect the same clowns over and over!!!!
If my employees had a track record that paralleled what O see in government they would have all been terminated. These supposedly intelligent people can't even figure out something as simple as having to make money before you can spend it.
I'm trying to wrap my head around this one...and I still can't get around that many of us haven't had a raise in 3 to 6 years...and cost of living at least as risen significantly...if according to President Hussein Obama we are ALL supposed to share in the pain isn't time he and all of congress do the same? Not only should they NOT get a raise...no pay UNTIL they balance budget...
It's funny how everyone is complaining but yet our country re elected the same idiots to do it again. We get what we voted for! All of you that voted for Obama should be ashamed of yourself!!!! He's the lead idiot!
Exactly. On a side note, I got a pay raise myself....but unlike the 535 + 9 + 1 + 1, I EARNED my small cost of living adjustment increase. Those (s)elected morons are there for the paycheck and the screw the rest of us over.
Don't think I support any of these people when I say I am a conservative. I'd rather see Maury and Dr. Phil be put in charge of the country.