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  • $25,000 to $50,000

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  • $150,000 to $175,000 (current pay)

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    How much should members of the US Congress get paid?

    How much should members of the US Congress get paid?

    Also, numbers are currently not including benefits such as retirement, staff salaries, housing allowance, etc.
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    Re: How much should members of the US Congress get paid?

    It should be however much the tax payers in their district AKA their employers dictate. Politicians seem to be about he only employees on the planet who are able to give themselves pay raises.
    Last edited by jamesrage; 05-31-09 at 06:18 PM.
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    Re: How much should members of the US Congress get paid?

    Quote Originally Posted by jamesrage View Post
    It should be however much the tax payers in their district AKA their employers dictate.
    Well, I assume you're a US voting citizen. How much should your Congress Senators and reps get paid?
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    Re: How much should members of the US Congress get paid?

    Quote Originally Posted by obvious Child View Post
    Well, I assume you're a US voting citizen. How much should your Congress Senators and reps get paid?
    50-75 thousand or more or less depending on how good of a job the tax payers felt they did. I think once or twice a years tax payers should be able to vote on whether or not to increase,decrease or keep their pay the same.
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    Re: How much should members of the US Congress get paid?

    Quote Originally Posted by jamesrage View Post
    50-75 thousand or more or less depending on how good of a job the tax payers felt they did. I think once or twice a years tax payers should be able to vote on whether or not to increase,decrease or keep their pay the same.
    That seems rather expensive to maintain. Constant ballots over pay? I don't know about that. I'd prefer it less frequent especially since states would have to pick up the tab for the ballot. Maybe every 2 or 4 years?

    $80k seems right to me. About what many judges make. The current $174,000 is ridiculous.
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    Re: How much should members of the US Congress get paid?

    It should be the job the founders' envisioned-a part time job held by those who had other jobs or sources of income. 12 weeks at most. Give em 25-50K at most. No pension whatsover.
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    Re: How much should members of the US Congress get paid?

    Quote Originally Posted by TurtleDude View Post
    It should be the job the founders' envisioned-a part time job held by those who had other jobs or sources of income. 12 weeks at most. Give em 25-50K at most. No pension whatsover.
    But that does not reflect the nature of the job now. While most members of Congress are exceedingly wealthy to the point where America is really a representative plutocracy, not all of them share such luxuries. And it seems rather strange to pay people who make policy less than state judges.
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    Re: How much should members of the US Congress get paid?

    My issue is not how much they get paid, but the fact that they themselves can vote in their own pay increase with little justification. No other employee in the nation has this ability.

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

    Quote Originally Posted by obvious Child View Post
    But that does not reflect the nature of the job now. While most members of Congress are exceedingly wealthy to the point where America is really a representative plutocracy, not all of them share such luxuries. And it seems rather strange to pay people who make policy less than state judges.
    If the tenth amendment was actually enforced, congress would not need to be in session for more than a few weeks a year
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    Re: How much should members of the US Congress get paid?

    Quote Originally Posted by Orius View Post
    My issue is not how much they get paid, but the fact that they themselves can vote in their own pay increase with little justification. No other employee in the nation has this ability.
    No question. All issues of pay for elected officials should be done either by outside firms who determine pay (I know someone who does this, rather boring really) or by direct voting by the officials' constituents. That said, we still should determine what they should get paid. I'd bet that 99.9999% of the forum agrees with me that the current $174,000 + benefits is insane and needs to come down to rational levels of pay.
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