Rep. Alcee L. Hastings (D-IL) believes that he and his colleagues in Congress are vastly underpaid and deserve raises. The average member’s salary is $174,000.
Roll Call reported:
“Members deserve to be paid, staff deserves to be paid and the cost of living here is causing serious problems for people who are not wealthy to serve in this institution,” the Florida Democrat said at a Rules Committee meeting, referring to the average member’s $174,000 annual salary. “We aren’t being paid properly,” he later added.
Hastings, on the other hand, did not offer a specific amount that would constitute a raise. He said he did not file an amendment on the appropriations bill to raise member pay because he knew it would not pass. But he did say, “The least we could have done for ourselves is to give us a tax credit.”
Hastings also argued for more money for staff salaries, noting that he recently lost three top staffers. He said the staffers did not say they left because of low salaries, “but I knew that to be the case.”
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