The Members of Congress have passed the forced budget cuts, and many people in Middle America are either being furloughed or losing their jobs. Even if you are not one of those people, this measure has set the tone for some companies to postpone hiring or laying people off. It is amazing to me that Members of Congress are so willing to sacrifice our salaries, but their salaries cannot be touched. Their salaries will not be affected because of the 27th Amendment, which “prohibits any law that increases or decreases the salary of Members of the Congress from taking effect until the start of the next set of terms of office for Representatives.” Members of Congress salaries are approximately $174,000.00 per year, with many perks and benefits. So why shouldn’t they take a cut in pay as many of us have had to do?
Congressman, David Loebsack, from Iowa has introduced the bill H.R. 398 on January 23, 2013. H.R. 398 is the Congressional Halt in Pay Increases and Cut Congressional Pay Act. This bill if passed would reduce the rate of pay for Members of Congress by 10% and eliminate automatic pay increases for Member of Congress. This seems like a very good idea because this Congress has been very ineffective, and hasn’t done anything to help get America’s finances back on track. This Congress has blocked ideas and has not been willing to work with President Obama on anything that could have lifted our country out of this financial downturn. It doesn’t seem to me that Members of Congress should be secure in their jobs and continue to receive their cushy salary when many Americans have lost their homes through foreclosure and been furloughed or laid off from their jobs. Many of these Americans have had to take pay cuts so why shouldn’t the Members of Congress feel the pain? I encourage everyone who is reading this blog to sign the petition of Congresswoman, Diane Russell, of Portland, Maine, which supports the H.R. 398 bill.
We need to show the Members of Congress that we are not happy with the job they have done. Their pay should be cut and they should not receive any salary increases. If you would like to sign your name to the petition, click the link below.