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BY JAMAL ANDRESS

 

With automatic tax hikes just 48 hours away Congress and President Obama have not been able to compromise to avert the so-called “fiscal cliff.” But they did manage to find some common ground on making their paychecks a little bigger next year. Here’s News12 in Connecticut.

“President Obama reportedly signed an executive order this week calling for an end to a year long pay freeze for returning members of Congress federal workers and the Vice President.”

Acording to The Hill, the pay raise will come out to a 0.5% increase. To put that in perspective, the average Congressmen makes $174,000, per year which means the pay raise will add about $900 to their annual salary,

Although $75 a month might not even pay your phone bill, people are pretty upset about it. Here’s Fox News.

“They have an 18% approval rating, Congress does. That’s up I believe...It makes no sense in terms of the merits, it makes no sense in terms of the performance, the performance in Washington has been terrible.”

Mediaite reports...“This Congress would need to pass another 100 bills between now and the close of this Congress’ business in order to surpass the 104th Congress which, up to now, has had the honor of being the least productive Congress since records going back to 1947...”


But according to one analyst on C-Span, being a congressman can get a little pricey.

“...it’s an expensive job because you have to maintain two residences one in Washington one back in your district. You end up getting some of the expenses yourself but on a per hour basis you’re not even getting paid minimum wage.”

One comforting note for those who do not approve of Congress’ pay raise: it won’t take effect until March 27, 2013 at which point the members of Congress who lost in November will be out of office.

President Obama Lifts Congress' Two Year Pay Freeze

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Dec 30, 2012

President Obama Lifts Congress' Two Year Pay Freeze

Image Source: Wikimedia Commons

BY JAMAL ANDRESS

 

With automatic tax hikes just 48 hours away Congress and President Obama have not been able to compromise to avert the so-called “fiscal cliff.” But they did manage to find some common ground on making their paychecks a little bigger next year. Here’s News12 in Connecticut.

“President Obama reportedly signed an executive order this week calling for an end to a year long pay freeze for returning members of Congress federal workers and the Vice President.”

Acording to The Hill, the pay raise will come out to a 0.5% increase. To put that in perspective, the average Congressmen makes $174,000, per year which means the pay raise will add about $900 to their annual salary,

Although $75 a month might not even pay your phone bill, people are pretty upset about it. Here’s Fox News.

“They have an 18% approval rating, Congress does. That’s up I believe...It makes no sense in terms of the merits, it makes no sense in terms of the performance, the performance in Washington has been terrible.”

Mediaite reports...“This Congress would need to pass another 100 bills between now and the close of this Congress’ business in order to surpass the 104th Congress which, up to now, has had the honor of being the least productive Congress since records going back to 1947...”


But according to one analyst on C-Span, being a congressman can get a little pricey.

“...it’s an expensive job because you have to maintain two residences one in Washington one back in your district. You end up getting some of the expenses yourself but on a per hour basis you’re not even getting paid minimum wage.”

One comforting note for those who do not approve of Congress’ pay raise: it won’t take effect until March 27, 2013 at which point the members of Congress who lost in November will be out of office.

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