Thursday, February 14, 2013

Nancy Pelosi: Cutting congressional pay would diminish the dignity of lawmakers’ jobs or something...

Congress has dignity?

Via The Hill:
House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) said Thursday that she opposes a cut in congressional pay because it would diminish the dignity of lawmakers’ jobs.
“I don’t think we should do it; I think we should respect the work we do,” Pelosi told reporters in the Capitol. “I think it’s necessary for us to have the dignity of the job that we have rewarded.”
The comments were made in the context of the looming sequester, which would force across-the-board cuts affecting most federal offices, including Congress. With lawmakers nowhere near a deal to avert those cuts, federal agencies are bracing for ways to absorb them with minimum damage to programs and personnel.
Pelosi, whose husband is a wealthy real-estate developer, was quick to note that a cut in her own pay would be far less significant than that for both staffers and less wealthy members of Congress.
“It’s a hard question to ask me because most of my colleagues are the breadwinners in their families,” she said. “A pay cut to me doesn’t mean as much.”
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1 comment:

Ric 'The Turtle' Ryan said...

Work? What work. The budget is in the tank and our infrastructure in disrepair. What lots of people do not know is that Congress may get their pay cut, but the Supreme Court passed a ruling that makes them exempt from all pay cuts. Isn't that sweet. They should cut the Supreme Court back to 7 members like it used to be. Then they should also cut Congress back to meeting from Jan to May like they did when Congress was created. Making them take classes on budget management, morality, ethics and Constitutional law mike not hurt either.