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    Ann Kirkpatrick calls for Congressional pay cut

    I hope she is successful.5% is better that nothing. I already emailed my congressman asking him to support it.


    Ann Kirkpatrick calls for Congressional pay cut - Phoenix Business Journal:

    U.S. Rep. Ann Kirkpatrick, D-Ariz., says Congress should cut its pay. Her bill calls for the first cut to congressional salaries since 1933 when the U.S. economy was in the Great Depression.

    “The leadership of both parties have ignored the voices of the people for decades. Now we are facing some of the most difficult economic times in generations, and I am sending a message to Washington politicians that the people have had enough,” said Kirkpatrick. “When Congress was working to end the Great Depression, they cut their salaries – why haven’t we taken that same basic step.”

    Kirkpatrick’s bill would impose a 5 percent or $8,700 cut to the $174,000 annual salaries of U.S. House and Senate members. Congress did not give itself a $4,700 cost of living raise last year, but is considering a raise this year.
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    Re: Ann Kirkpatrick calls for Congressional pay cut

    Quote Originally Posted by jamesrage View Post
    I hope she is successful.5% is better that nothing. I already emailed my congressman asking him to support it.


    Ann Kirkpatrick calls for Congressional pay cut - Phoenix Business Journal:

    U.S. Rep. Ann Kirkpatrick, D-Ariz., says Congress should cut its pay. Her bill calls for the first cut to congressional salaries since 1933 when the U.S. economy was in the Great Depression.

    “The leadership of both parties have ignored the voices of the people for decades. Now we are facing some of the most difficult economic times in generations, and I am sending a message to Washington politicians that the people have had enough,” said Kirkpatrick. “When Congress was working to end the Great Depression, they cut their salaries – why haven’t we taken that same basic step.”

    Kirkpatrick’s bill would impose a 5 percent or $8,700 cut to the $174,000 annual salaries of U.S. House and Senate members. Congress did not give itself a $4,700 cost of living raise last year, but is considering a raise this year.
    I agree. I also agree with Scott Brown's recommendation that federal employees do NOT get a raise next year. Difficult times calls for no pay raises.

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    Re: Ann Kirkpatrick calls for Congressional pay cut

    This is the second story I have read today where it looks like everyone can come together and support something. It is a lovely reminder that people from both sides can come together as one every once and while.

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    Re: Ann Kirkpatrick calls for Congressional pay cut

    The paycuts should be permanent and form the baseline for next year's pay cuts. Congressional pay should be cut by 5% each year the Misery Index is greater than 8.0.

    An indidivual Congressman's pay should be cut when unemployment in his district increases during his term.

    Pay for Performance, a stinking evil Capitalist idea.

    Edit: Also, one of the arguments in favor of such huge Congressional paychecks is that "well, gee, the Honorable Gentleman has to carry the costs of keeping two residences, on in his home district and on in Washington DC.

    So clearly the federal government has to stop destroying old housing projects in the DC area and assigning one of them to the Congressmen, who can then chose to live under one of the fine laws they've passed. Then we cut their pay, and if they wish to maintain a different residence in the DC area, they can use their own money, just like everyone else who has a job and maintains two homes.

    And...since participation in government was supposed to be a temporary matter, after which the citizen statesman went home to resume his business, there should be NO pensions for elected officials.
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    Re: Ann Kirkpatrick calls for Congressional pay cut

    i actually could entertain something like this.

    Originally Posted by johnny_rebson:

    These are the same liberals who forgot how Iraq attacked us on 9/11.


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    Re: Ann Kirkpatrick calls for Congressional pay cut

    Quote Originally Posted by jamesrage View Post
    I hope she is successful.5% is better that nothing. I already emailed my congressman asking him to support it.


    Ann Kirkpatrick calls for Congressional pay cut - Phoenix Business Journal:

    U.S. Rep. Ann Kirkpatrick, D-Ariz., says Congress should cut its pay. Her bill calls for the first cut to congressional salaries since 1933 when the U.S. economy was in the Great Depression.

    “The leadership of both parties have ignored the voices of the people for decades. Now we are facing some of the most difficult economic times in generations, and I am sending a message to Washington politicians that the people have had enough,” said Kirkpatrick. “When Congress was working to end the Great Depression, they cut their salaries – why haven’t we taken that same basic step.”

    Kirkpatrick’s bill would impose a 5 percent or $8,700 cut to the $174,000 annual salaries of U.S. House and Senate members. Congress did not give itself a $4,700 cost of living raise last year, but is considering a raise this year.
    i haven't had a raise in 2 years, and i'm not responsible for the state of the economy.

    Originally Posted by johnny_rebson:

    These are the same liberals who forgot how Iraq attacked us on 9/11.


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    Re: Ann Kirkpatrick calls for Congressional pay cut

    I'll take Congressmen obeying the Constitution, showing integrity for their jobs, and the installation of true oversight well before any pay cut. Pay cuts are superficial things which won't save us money and since most people in Congress are rich; doesn't really matter to them anyway.
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    Re: Ann Kirkpatrick calls for Congressional pay cut

    Quote Originally Posted by Ikari View Post
    I'll take Congressmen obeying the Constitution, showing integrity for their jobs, and the installation of true oversight well before any pay cut. Pay cuts are superficial things which won't save us money and since most people in Congress are rich; doesn't really matter to them anyway.
    If that is true then they all should be on board for a pay cut and quit voting themselves pay raises.
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    Re: Ann Kirkpatrick calls for Congressional pay cut

    Quote Originally Posted by Ikari View Post
    I'll take Congressmen obeying the Constitution, showing integrity for their jobs, and the installation of true oversight well before any pay cut. Pay cuts are superficial things which won't save us money and since most people in Congress are rich; doesn't really matter to them anyway.
    $8700 times 435 Congress things adds up to 3.8 million dollars.

    Over a two year congressional term, that's $7.6 million.

    Take what savings you can get, then push harder for more.

    Cut enough of a Congressman's salary, and he'll start cutting government programs.

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    Re: Ann Kirkpatrick calls for Congressional pay cut

    I thought Kirkpatrick was dead. How disappointing.
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