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December 18, 2014

Moran Reignites Perennial Pay Raise Debate

Rep. Jim Moran, D-Va., isn’t the only lawmaker to spark a national debate over congressional pay in recent years.

Wisconsin Rep. Sean Duffy took flak in 2011 when he said he was struggling to pay his bills.

Last year, Rep. Mike McCaul, R-Texas, the second richest member of Congress, complained on the House floor about having to pay higher health insurance premiums.

And Rep. Renee Ellmers, R-N.C., got into hot water during last year’s shutdown when she initially refused to give up her pay. “I need my paycheck. That is the bottom line,” she said, before later backtracking.

The issue, of course has perennially been a thorny one for members of Congress. Decades ago, a freshman Moran and a freshman Rep. John A. Boehner, R-Ohio, were among the 35 new lawmakers who banded together to push pay raise reform.

Over the years, leaders in both parties have worked across the aisle to protect their pay raises, although in recent years, congressional pay has been frozen, including with a provision in the fiscal cliff deal.

  • http://makingsense.proboards.com/ Rob W. Case

    Remember November folks. Remember it well. Remember the last time the Democrats had an overwhelming majority. They kept voting themselves pay raises left and right, while businesses continued to collapse, poverty continued to rise, and our quality of life continued to descend. Remember that their pensions last the rest of their lives whether they serve multiple terms, or even one term. My question to congress is; how does it feel to have your own tactic of class warfare populism turn against you now?

  • John Kenner

    It is impossible to integrate new ways of doing things into our civilization unless they can be first proven by some people as useful for the rest.

  • Layla

    Time to send this Congress home, permanently. While millions have lost homes, jobs, everything, this is what we are stuck with….Not a true leader among them and we all know it.

    November is coming. Send them home, ladies and gentleman.

  • Andre Leonard

    What all these congressional failures have in common is a sense of entitlement.

    Running the country into the ground, leaving her saddled with $17 trillion in debt and then crying about how they cannot make ends meet on $174,000 a year is pathetic at best.

    A position in the private sector is what they need most.

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