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cal04 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jun-30-10 10:20 PM
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Bipartisan group of lawmakers calls for $8,700 pay cut in 2011
http://thehill.com/homenews/house/106629-bipartisan-gro...

A bipartisan contingent of freshman and sophomore lawmakers is pushing House appropriators to cut the salaries of lawmakers by $8,700 each next year.

The 5 percent cut would save taxpayers $4.7 million and comes more than a month after Congress voted and President Barack Obama signed a measure to freeze congressional pay for 2011.

Not satisfied with halting next years automatic pay raise for Congress, Rep. Ann Kirkpatrick (D-Ariz.) and seven other freshman and sophomore lawmakers wrote a letter on Wednesday evening to Reps. Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-Fla.) and Robert Aderholt (R-Ala.), the chairwoman and ranking member of the Legislative Branch subcommittee on Appropriations, asking them to slice congressional pay next year.

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Members have an opportunity to lead by example at the federal level and do what many of our families and communities have already started to do cut back, the bipartisan group wrote. Senators and Representatives can send a clear and simple message to everyone back home that we understand that they are hurtingand that our country wants a new Washington, not the same old Washington.
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msongs Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jun-30-10 10:23 PM
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1. no congressperson should get a pension for more years than they actually served nt
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Better Believe It Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jun-30-10 10:28 PM
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2. They are preparing the public for that and deeper public cuts in pensions, wages, etc.,

for working people. By doing their "fair share" and happily proposing cuts in their pay, they hope this will make it easier for them to justify and propose pay and other cuts for millions making far less income than members of Congress with less backlash from the people.

It's a bi-partisan political game which shouldn't fool anyone.

Many members of Congress are millonnaires and most members of Congress supplement their Congressional pay with millions of dollars received from speaking fees and other payments.

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OhioBlue Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jun-30-10 10:28 PM
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3. I think it is a good idea and would show
impressive leadership. It doesn't matter if the cut was a percentage or a dollar figure (I'm thinking not all salaries are the same) but taking a cut would be important in a symbolic way.
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cutlassmama Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jun-30-10 11:29 PM
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4. It won't make a difference...what about all the lobby money they get?
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