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house Bill H.R. 179

Should Congress Get A Pay Cut?

Argument in favor

Calling Congress a dysfunctional mess is an understatement. Cutting their salary could incentivize some bipartisanship, and finally get things done on the Hill.

Stacy's Opinion
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03/10/2015
Oh boy! Don't get me started! Congress should not only NOT get a pay raise, but the members should never be allowed to give themselves pay raises. Congress's approval rate has been at all time lows for several years now. In the civilian world such poor performance would result in termination of employment and certainly NOT a pay raise. Congress pay and benefits have created an elite ruling class very similar to Russia's politbureau. Congress is completely out of touch with how average Americans struggle every day. It is incredibly insulting to all citizens, especially those out of work, to see how Congress continually gives itself special treatment and highly elite benefits and pay. Congress has forgotten they are public servants and work FOR THE PEOPLE. Not the other way around. Jackasses.
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Pat's Opinion
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04/13/2015
I can't vote myself a raise. Neither should they.
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03/07/2015
No congressman should be making what they make when most military make far less but with far greater risk, besides, last time I checked they are public sevants, not employees
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Argument opposed

Members of Congress and their staffs work very hard and receive little credit. Cutting their pay is not only a slap in the face, but it will hurt staffers and their families more than the actual member of Congress.

ark4162's Opinion
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05/31/2015
They should get a huge pay raise but whould only get one term in office and no pension. Do your term then go out get a job and live in the country you created.
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Shay's Opinion
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03/10/2016
Cutting their salaries won't lead to them doing any better. Any corrupt congressman is in it for the power not the money. If you want them to do a better job then elect better representatives and keep up with what you can actually do in your area. This also hurts their staff members who already don't have good pay for a lot of work. This does more than just hurt the ones who cast the votes.
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Cynthia's Opinion
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09/07/2016
Hell yes you make to much for what you don't do!!!!
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    Oh boy! Don't get me started! Congress should not only NOT get a pay raise, but the members should never be allowed to give themselves pay raises. Congress's approval rate has been at all time lows for several years now. In the civilian world such poor performance would result in termination of employment and certainly NOT a pay raise. Congress pay and benefits have created an elite ruling class very similar to Russia's politbureau. Congress is completely out of touch with how average Americans struggle every day. It is incredibly insulting to all citizens, especially those out of work, to see how Congress continually gives itself special treatment and highly elite benefits and pay. Congress has forgotten they are public servants and work FOR THE PEOPLE. Not the other way around. Jackasses.
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    They should get a huge pay raise but whould only get one term in office and no pension. Do your term then go out get a job and live in the country you created.
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    I can't vote myself a raise. Neither should they.
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    No congressman should be making what they make when most military make far less but with far greater risk, besides, last time I checked they are public sevants, not employees
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    They make more than their constituents, and they should not.
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    If belts must be tightened, everyone's belt must be tightened.
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    Too much debt...time to pay for your own mistakes
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    This whole process is ridiculous....to think that an individual can give themselves a pay raise....Congress should NOT have this authority and pay should be determined by an individual authority.....No US worker has this ability. This is the most ludicrous thing I've ever heard of!
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    The do not care about the people only to get votes.
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    Almost everyone else in the US has, make them share it pain. Our family,is earning 40%.
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    Absolutely! They have been ripping us off for decades. They work for US, not the corporations and billionaires like the Koch roaches. If our job performance was as dismal as the GOP, and some on the Dem side, we'd be fired!
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    I think that a congressman's cost to the taxpayers should be reduced. They have to much staff and to many perks. Needs to be cut by at least 25%.
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    they need to be paid the minimum wage. Given food stamps and c8 housing
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    They need to earn their pay and cut the budget as much as possible.
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    Match their salaries to the mean income in their district.!
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    Republicans need to cease circumventing the legislative process. Salary cutbacks are in order, so our lawmakers can begin doing their jobs, especially after we the people put them in office!
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    Add in some term limits too please.
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    Yes. Congress should get a pay cut every time the government shuts down, and there should be certain requirements on how many bills you have to vote on and also co sponsor. Congress needs to get things done and prevent detrimental things like shutdowns.
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    Absolutely. Especially those who plan to not vote on President Obama's nominee for the Supreme Court. Actually, they should be impeached for not following the U.S. Constitution. This is shameful and it will be remembered on Election Day!
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    YES!!! YES YES YES, MAKE SALARY DEPENDENT ON ACTUAL RESULTS!
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