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Can we negotiate a reduction in Congressional salaries?

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Since Republican Senators think it is acceptable to demand the reduction of UAW salaries and benefits, can we demand a reduction in Congressional salaries and benefits?

Currently, Congressional salaries are over a $100K/yr plus benefits that most of us only dream about, including a very lucrative lifetime retirement plan that covers all former members regardless of how long they served.

Wouldn’t be interesting if Congress received the same salary and benefits received by Honda and Toyota workers? Since Senate Republicans think so highly of those wages and benefits, I’d really like to see them live on a total, including benefits, of $45/hr – or approximately a gross income minus benefits (35%) of $60,000. After taxes and benefit payments, their take home pay would be around $43k/yr, if they’re lucky.

Yep, I’d like to see them living on that kind of salary since they think it’s okay to reduce the salaries of other people. Unfortunately, the American public doesn’t have the option of determining Congressional salaries and benefits. Only they get to decide their wages and benefits.

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Written by Valerie Curl

December 13, 2008 at 4:35 AM

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  1. Like you, I am fed up with the duplicitous actions of our representitives. Their pay has been on my radar recently too. The idea of paying them hourly isn’t a good one. They’d make sure they could earn overtime for over 8 hours of work, and double pay for Sundays. Hence, a $90k/yr salary could easily turn into $200k after all the special consideration they give to themselves.

    timhief

    August 21, 2009 at 7:30 PM


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