Looking past the justification put forth by Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y., for a raise, which was to essentially state that if Congress does not get a raise, they may have to resort to corruption to squeeze by on a paltry $174,000 salary, there is Republican support for a proposed raise.
Or, in other words, those bastards are going to give themselves a raise.
House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., has come forward to support a pay increase, under the reasoning that Congress shouldn’t be only for the wealthy.
“I know when you talk this subject about a COLA, a cost-of-living increase, it does an invoke an emotion — kind of an impulsive emotion,” McCarthy said, according to The Hill. “I think it’s one we should pause and look at.”
“I do not want Congress, at the end of the day, to only be a place that millionaires serve,” he added. “This should be a body of the people. And I think it’s something that should be looked at.”
Roll Call reported in 2018 two-fifths of senators and representatives are millionaires, but the net worth of most members rises substantially once elected.
The proposed $4,500 raise may ride on whether a bipartisan deal can be struck where both parties agree not to use the issue on the campaign trail, The Hill noted.
And while Congress can’t come together to address the out-of-control assault on our southern border or protect unborn babies, watch these weasels find common ground here real quick.
But then, when a $4,500 raise is at stake, that’s some real motivation for a Kumbaya moment.
But not all Democrats are on board with a raise, as seen from freshman Rep. Joe Cunningham, D-S.C., who is in a swing district.
“We didn’t come up here to give ourselves a raise,” Cunningham said, according to The Hill.
There is a bipartisan effort to block the pay raise.
“I am pleased that enough of my colleagues agreed to join me that we were able to force leadership to put this ridiculous raise on hold,” Rep. Brian Fitzpatrick said in a statement this week.
The Pennsylvania Republican submitted one of several bipartisan amendments to stop the raise.
For what it’s worth, it has been 10 years since the last cost of living increase.
House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer, D-Md., who said this week he intends to hold a vote on a cost-of-living increase this year, has been talking with McCarthy and echoed the GOP lawmaker’s talking points.
“I hope we pass it so that members can have the ability to not live in their offices,” the Democrat said. “We don’t want to have only rich people here. You know, we want this to be the People’s House, and representative of the people.”
Ocasio-Cortez said the proposed $4,500 pay increase was “not even like a raise,” this coming from a 29-year-old former bartender who has been in office half a year.
Not getting the increase will encourage “dark money loopholes” and “self dealing,” the democratic socialist argued.
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