View Poll Results: How much should members of the US Congress get paid?

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  • Absolutely Nothing

    3 5.66%
  • Minimum wage + Tips

    7 13.21%
  • $25,000 to $50,000

    12 22.64%
  • $50,000 to $75,000

    4 7.55%
  • $75,000 to $100,000

    10 18.87%
  • $100,000 to $125,000

    0 0%
  • $125,000 to $150,000

    2 3.77%
  • $150,000 to $175,000 (current pay)

    5 9.43%
  • More than $175,000

    7 13.21%
  • Other

    3 5.66%
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Thread: How much should members of the US Congress get paid?

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    Re: How much should members of the US Congress get paid?

    Quote Originally Posted by RightinNYC View Post
    I think around $200-225k is a fair amount for the hours they work, the experience they bring, the costs they're required to incur, and the lack of job security.
    There should be no job security with political offices.







    Constitution says no to individuated decisions on congressional pay.
    Then an amendment should be created to void that amendment. Politicians are employees of the tax payers, therefore tax payers should decide their pay not the employees themselves. Isn't this the argument many people who are against minimum wage and unions use? If you told your boss that your getting a raise he would probably fire you or laugh his off at you.
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    Re: How much should members of the US Congress get paid?

    The House and Senate are a bit different in composition. Most Senators are quite well off financially in private life and invariably sit on numerous corporate boards after they leave Congress. Perpetual silver spoons.

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    Re: How much should members of the US Congress get paid?

    Congressmen should not so much get paid as they should get hit upside of the head with a shovel until they get it right.
    Let's figure it out.

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    Re: How much should members of the US Congress get paid?

    Quote Originally Posted by jamesrage View Post
    There should be no job security with political offices.
    I didn't say they should be. I said that because they have no job security, they should be paid more.

    Then an amendment should be created to void that amendment. Politicians are employees of the tax payers, therefore tax payers should decide their pay not the employees themselves. Isn't this the argument many people who are against minimum wage and unions use? If you told your boss that your getting a raise he would probably fire you or laugh his off at you.
    It's not an amendment, it's the text of the constitution itself. And you do get a chance to influence the pay of legislators, by only voting for legislators who promise to affect pay the way you choose.

    The House and Senate are a bit different in composition. Most Senators are quite well off financially in private life and invariably sit on numerous corporate boards after they leave Congress. Perpetual silver spoons.
    Senators also manage staffs of 50+ compared to Congresspeople who manage staffs of 12-18.
    Last edited by RightinNYC; 06-01-09 at 10:29 PM.
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