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As The Daily Wire noted Monday, many in Congress feel like it’s finally time to give themselves a long overdue raise after suffering a decade-long pay freeze at just $174,000 — more than three times the median salary in America (about $47,000 in the first quarter of 2019). Their proposed new salary would be $178,700, a $4,700 raise. But that plan appears to have been rather quickly derailed amid internal backlash from Democrats who fear that giving themselves more taxpayer money might end up putting their reelection chances in jeopardy.

Though supporters of the pay raise stress that they had bipartisan support and insist that a “modest” bump in pay is a necessary “cost of living” adjustment, Politico reported Monday evening that the plan has been “postponed.”

“Top Democrats agreed in a closed-door meeting Monday night to pull a key section of this week’s massive funding bill to avoid escalating a clash within their caucus over whether to hike salaries for lawmakers and staff for the first time in a decade, multiple lawmakers confirmed,” Politico reports. “At least 15 Democrats — mostly freshmen in competitive districts — had pushed to freeze pay after some Democratic and Republican leaders quietly agreed to the slight pay increase earlier this month.”

After “intense” debate over “whether to force members to go on the record about a pay raise” on Monday, Politico reports, the “vulnerable” Democrats appear to have won the argument. Voting for a pay increase, they maintained, would hurt them in 2020, when Democrats can’t afford to lose any ground in the House. Politico cites “several Democrats in battleground seats” personally telling House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer that they would protest the vote.

As The Daily Wire’s Emily Zanotti pointed out Monday, while the current Congressional salary doesn’t quite qualify them for the much-maligned “one-percenter” label, they do make the “five-percenter” category. Despite her calls for equality in America, democratic socialist Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (NY) has repeatedly called for a raise for legislators.

“Members of Congress often vote to cut or keep their allowances low,” she tweeted in March. “It’s a superficial gesture, bc keeping Congressional pay low is what creates the desperation + impetus for good, experienced staff to flee to lobbyist jobs. Raising staffer pay helps get money out of politics. Same w/ member pay. Members are paid more than avg — but job reqs 2 residences + we can’t take tax deductions for work costs. No one wants to be the one to bring up increases, so instead ppl take advantage of insider trading loopholes & don’t close them for the extra cash.”

Early Tuesday, she again defended Congress giving themselves a raise. “Yep. Voting against cost of living increases for members of Congress may sound nice, but doing so only increases pressure on them to keep dark money loopholes open,” she wrote in a series of tweets. “This makes campaign finance reform *harder.* ALL workers deserve cost of living increases, incl min wage workers. What this does is punish members who rely on a straight salary, and reward those who rely on money loopholes and other forms of self-dealing. For example, it incentivizes the horrible kinds of legislative looting we saw in the GOP tax scam bill. It’s not a fun or politically popular position to take. But consistency is important. ALL workers should get cost of living increases. That’s why minimum wage should be pegged to inflation, too. Voting against cost of living increases is 1 reason why dark $ loopholes stay open.”

But those concerned about reelection appear to have won the day. As Global Strategy Group president Jeffrey Pollock told the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, giving themselves a raise “feels like a potential ready-made attack ad,” Politico reports.

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17 Comments

  1. Proud vet

    June 12, 2019 at 1:10 am

    This is amazing little Miss twinkle brain wants a raise she ain’t done jack shit but try to steal from the people who are working and she wants a raise and she believes in equality in everything but for herself like the rest of the communist Democrats do. Make no mistake these people responsible for the debt were in now and they want to give yourself a raise when they should be stripped of all their benefits and their races and give the money back to the America people that they’ve sold down the drain to the one world order billionaires!

    • JAIME.

      June 12, 2019 at 1:47 am

      RIGHT!

  2. LST

    June 12, 2019 at 1:16 am

    How about a pay cut instead? Those asswipes are barely worth minimum wage. I wish I were paid $174,000 per year, I’d be mighty happy.

  3. Gerald Cline

    June 12, 2019 at 2:21 am

    If you divide a Congress critter’s salary ($174,000) by the number of days they actually work a year (around 110), and assume they work eight hours a day on the days they actually do work, that means they are being paid around $200.00 an hour. This is not enough…?!?!? Excuse me…?!?!? Of course none of this takes into account the tens, or hundreds, or millions of dollars the lobbyists give them to supplement their pathetic paycheck….

  4. Tom( pissed off)

    June 12, 2019 at 2:25 am

    A necessary much needed $4,500.00 Cost of living wage. That equates to nearly $400.00 per month or $100.00 per week. Whereas social security cost of living per month was $4.00. So what i would like to know is just exactly where they are buying these so expensive groceries and exactly what are they eating. Because if my raise was only $4.00 then they should get exactly the same. They tell us US Citizens that the poverty rate is $8,500.00 per year per person which is $800.00 per month which thousands of families do not make, plus this is gor all expenses food, medical,rent, electricity, water, clothes, gasoline, insurance. I suppose ground beef or chicken is not good enough for them, Unless its ground filet mignon, Pheseant or caviar. And paid drivers for they’re cars as they really cannot ger they’re hands dirty from doing an honest thing like that.But my milk and eggs cost them just the same as do most other NORMAL grocery items. They get paid way to much to start with and maybe only attend meetings/ government business 6 months a year during which time they take paid vacations ar our expense under the guise of official business. Its a disgrace. Any pay raise should be voted on by the people, not by them making they’re own rules.

  5. Steve

    June 12, 2019 at 6:26 am

    Fifteen bucks an hour is too much, considering how little they have done the past several years. AOC has never made anywhere close to that kind of money and being a freshman, she needs to STFU!

  6. Brenda

    June 12, 2019 at 6:51 am

    How about living within the extremely overpaid wages you are already earning for doing nothing but making false promises to the American people you are to be representing?! You are always pushing to just find ways to make more money, for doing nothing and that is all you are trying to do for your supporters. IT DOESN’T WORK!!! You will just push for this raise again after the 2020 elections are over. Pathetic!!!

  7. Tim

    June 12, 2019 at 7:02 am

    Reminds me of a Dire Straight’s song…..Money For Nothing. This bitch wants a raise for doing what? None of them have done shit besides waste time and money on a hoax trying to oust Trump. These assholes deserve a massive pay cut.

  8. Gayle

    June 12, 2019 at 7:12 am

    They do not deserve what they are making! Their salaries should be cut! As a matter of fact the Demand n-RATS should be kicked out of office for resisting and obstructing everything the President is trying to do for America and Americans! All they are helping is illigal aliens! Vote them out!

  9. Kim D Lloyd

    June 12, 2019 at 7:24 am

    Them worthless bastards and bitches don’t deserve minimum wage. They hadn’t done jack shit but screw the hard working Americans in this country. Selling out to illegal aliens and Soros just for sake of Votes and staying in office. Fight Trump at every turn. All demon-rats need to be hung in public. AOC is the dumbest bitch on the planet.

    • FAST EDDIE

      June 12, 2019 at 8:45 am

      True that!

  10. Ray Hart

    June 12, 2019 at 9:03 am

    First of all AOC, Congress has to do something before they can be entitled to a raise. Being as they have nothing since they took over the house, I say HELL NO.

  11. Milissa

    June 12, 2019 at 9:05 am

    It’s a good thing that she only serves a two year term before going back to bartending, or selling her “expertise” on MSNBC or CNN, then isn’t it?

  12. abolishliberalism

    June 12, 2019 at 9:16 am

    These people are just Dopes plain and simple… So what this Hack is saying in her tweet is that, if she doesnt get a raise, she will be open to taking bribes and pay offs from Lobbyists and big corporations! She should be thrown the f**k out of congress, out of DC and back into the Bronx Strip club she came from! the LAST thing we need is someone like “The donkey Faced moron” in a position where she is allowed to make decisions that affect the rest of us! We may as well just elect a bunch of 12 year olds to congress, at least they would TRY to do what they are supposed to .

  13. Love babies not kill them

    June 12, 2019 at 9:23 am

    The dem terrorists already take kickbacks and bribes so they dont need a raise. Their pay should be docked for treason.

  14. Sam Lehman

    June 12, 2019 at 1:01 pm

    I don’t see why people don’t realize that cost of living raises and the raises that unions hold out for are the reason there is inflation. The only ones that it hurts is fixed income people and minimum wage earners.

  15. Bj

    June 12, 2019 at 6:48 pm

    Just tell the ugly POS that her raise is going to be distributed among her constituents in the name of good socialist behavior. Call it doing her part like the good little socialist she is……NOT!!!

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