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Congress votes themselves a pay raise

Posted by rightwinger on January 3, 2009

While we were all getting ready for the holidays what was Congress doing?  Voting themselves a pay raise of course.  While thousands are being laid off, Congress of course thinks of themselves.

What a great time for taxpayers to give senators and congressmen a $2.5 million jump in their already bloated salaries. It’s tough to get by on $217,400 a year if you’re House Speaker Nancy Pelosi — even if, as the Washington Times reported, you funneled nearly $100,000 from your political action committee to your husband’s business over a decade.

Last year, Pelosi supported a bill banning payments from PACs to congressional spouses, but that didn’t stop her from doing it. Most members of Congress have to subsist on only $169,300 annually, so the $4,700 raise they’re giving themselves next year should help keep them off food stamps.

It’s hard to know where to start in expressing outrage. The last thing this Congress deserves is a raise. A new report from Sen. Tom Coburn, R-Okla., found over $1 billion in taxpayer funding wasted on nonsense ranging from searching in vain for Alaskan ice worms to an airplane-shaped, nonworking gas station in Tennessee to nearly $300,000 for specialty potatoes for high-end restaurants.

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