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Wed Jun 12, 2019, 02:09 PM

Oklahoma senator says House doesn't deserve a COLA adjustment because its bills go nowhere

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Source: Think Progress

Low pay for lawmakers can be a factor in political corruption.

Josh Israel
Jun 12, 2019, 10:26 am

Sen. James Lankford (R-OK) took aim at an effort by Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) and other lawmakers to allow a cost-of-living adjustment (COLA) for members of Congress for the first time in a decade, saying that the House doesn't deserve a "merit bonus" for their "inactivity."

Lankford is part of Sen. Mitch McConnell's (R-KY) Republican majority in the Senate, which has helped block any legislative action whatsoever on dozens of important bills that lawmakers in the House have passed, and turned the chamber into what Senate Democrats have taken to calling a "legislative graveyard." But he said on Tuesday that the House does not deserve more pay because they have not enacted enough legislation.

Most members of the House of Representatives earn $174,000 each year -- a figure that has been unchanged since 2009. Since the 27th Amendment prevents Congress from raising its own salary during its term, lawmakers adopted a law in 1989 automatically adjusting member's salaries to keep up with the cost of living annually.

But with low public approval ratings, members often vote to waive that pay raise -- a move that may be politically wise, but which has helped keep those who are not independently wealthy out of Congress. Conservative estimates find that the average net worth of a member of Congress is over $1 million.



Read more: https://thinkprogress.org/oklahoma-senator-says-house-doesnt-deserve-a-pay-raise-because-the-senate-is-blocking-bills-3b0e5dc17a6a/



Well Lankford according to OpenSecrets.org your really getting a lot of money from entities that like to pad ones coffers correct.......................do you think that maybe this is also some form of corruption at its finest.........................I think so, and so does Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY), makes sense to me and her...................but your fascist ilk don't see it that way correct......................you have a who's who on your list, that instill your libertarian federalist society ethos correct, but your just fine packing the courts to really fuck people over when they get on the bench correct, with your dead beat fucking corrupt senate leader Mitch (turtle) McConnell, making over 225,000 a year doing nothing..........................


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https://www.opensecrets.org/members-of-congress/summary?cidN00031129

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Response to turbinetree (Original post)

Wed Jun 12, 2019, 02:16 PM

1. I say

we should DOCK Senator Lankford's salary and those of all the Republicans in the Senate, until they get off their asses and VOTE on some BILLS.

McConnell's salary should be withheld in total.

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Response to turbinetree (Original post)

Wed Jun 12, 2019, 02:16 PM

2. I was a little surprised that they brought up a COLA bill during this session.

Not that they do not need the adjustment, but it is such a hot button issue that it sets them up for bad PR.

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Response to turbinetree (Original post)

Wed Jun 12, 2019, 03:04 PM

3. Lankford, from the Do Nothing Senate says House does nothing. Oh, the irony!!

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Response to turbinetree (Original post)

Wed Jun 12, 2019, 03:10 PM

4. But House investigations & hearings go everywhere. That you don't like, Sen Lankford (Trump-OK). nt

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Response to turbinetree (Original post)

Wed Jun 12, 2019, 03:23 PM

5. If that isn't a case of pot calling the kettle black

I donít know what is... If he wants to know why the bills go nowhere - ask his pal Mitch the destroyer.

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Response to turbinetree (Original post)

Wed Jun 12, 2019, 03:44 PM

6. In that case...

Senators should not be getting a paycheck at all...and should have to pay back the last 10 years' pay...with interest.

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Wed Jun 12, 2019, 04:14 PM

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