House democrats propose pay raise for Congress

Ian Jeffrey

Council Hall
Mar 2013
Vulcan, down the street from Darth Vader
House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) offered support for a pay bump, saying he doesn’t want Congress to be a place where only the wealthy can afford to serve.
While this is certainly a valid position, the pay would have to increase significantly - not merely be pegged to inflation - in order to have this effect. It is certainly a problem in many state legislatures.
Feb 2011
Boise, ID
I'm okay with people having to drive to work.
I think you missed the point.

With this as well as any other professional paid job, you get what you pay for. Being angry at Congress and subsequently wanting to slash their pay is not going to result in getting better and more committed and principled people to want to run for Congress.
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