Dem Rep Says Congress Needs A Pay Raise Because $174,000 Min., A Year Is Not Enough To Sustain Them [Video]

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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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5 COMMENTS

  1. If you split your present salary 4 ways you might keep your staff especially since they do all the work and you just run your mouth when and if you chose to go to the floor.

  2. Congress does need a raise…a raise by their necks with a hemp rope for treason and other high crimes. If these scum bags think $174,000 and all the bribes, backroom deals, and golden insurance and pensions they get isn’t enough, they should try working for a living and making what 99% of the American people make.

  3. YOU DON’T DESERVE A RAISE!! GIVE IT TO THOSE WHO PROTECT OUR NATION SINCE THEY ARE UNDERPAID!! YOU POLITICIANS ARE WORTHLESS AND DO NOT CARE ABOUT YOUR PEOPLE. THIS IS SAD!!

  4. And thats why a white guy like me calls a person like that a nigger!!!,,, I grew up with a black guy as one of my best friends,, he is my brother!, this dude is a retard and i hope the black community doesn’t follow him!,, let alone vote for this idiot!!!!!,,

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