Congress is considering freezing its pay, now that President Obama has frozen salaries for top White House officials, Politico is reporting.
A congressional pay freeze isn’t a done deal. Junior members of Congress say that $174,000 a year is enough, but some senior members say they incur higher expenses because they have second homes in the Washington area. They also cite restrictions on members of Congress from earning outside income.
I’m guessing that a congressional pay freeze means that Congress’ automatic pay raise, which went into effect Jan. 1, would no longer be automatic. So they would have to start voting themselves pay raises again?
When Congress received a 2.8 percent pay increase (about $4,700) this month, there was very little opposition expressed on Capitol Hill. So is it the “in” thing now not to make as much money? Most of the people I know would say “yes.” Unfortunately.
In arguing for more money, some senior members of Congress say that higher pay can stave off corruption. Well, that’s a convincing argument because we taxpayers would not want to do anything that would corrupt our public servants, who knew what the job pays when they campaigned for it. What were we thinking?