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Should US Congressmen Be Paid The Average Income Of The District They Represent?

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  • LVslotdoc 2009/06/07 09:55:59
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    LVslotdoc
    Most of the legislators were wealthy before they ran for office. Their salaries might be up to $158,100, but does not include allowances for staff, meals, travel and a host of other perks that they receive. Not to mention "contributions" from lobbyists and special interest groups.
  • ♥Nicole A♥ 2009/06/01 00:02:26
    Yes
    ♥Nicole A♥
    Sounds good to me. Because every district has different income brackets. Some areas have more money and others have less. The same goes for the employees in those areas that have different jobs.
  • Brenna 2009/05/31 23:20:57
    Yes
    Brenna
    Actually, if they were so interested in public service and serving the community/country, they should do it for free.
  • MindReader 2009/05/31 23:13:01
    No
    MindReader
    No. They have demands on them far exceeding the "average income," of the District they represent.

    This would return Congressional pay to approximately 1987.

    The wealthiest district in the nation is the 11th District of Virginia, represented by Republican Tom Davis. The median household income in the district is $80,397, almost double the national average.

    The 10 wealthiest congressional districts are Virginia-11, Davis; New Jersey-11, Rep. Rodney Frelinghuysen (R); California-14, Rep. Anna Eshoo (D); Georgia-6, Rep. Tom Price (R); California-15, Rep. Mike Honda (D); New Jersey-7, Rep. Michael Ferguson (R); Colorado-6, Rep. Tom Tancredo (R); New Jersey-5, Rep. Scott Garrett (R); Virginia-10, Wolf; and Illinois-13, Rep. Judy Biggert (R).

    Eight Republicans represent the 10 richest districts. New Jersey is the most represented state, with three districts in the top 10. Virginia and California both have two districts in the top 10. [Source. The Hill.] jersey represented districts 10 virginia california districts 10 source hill
  • rabid repubilican 2009/05/31 22:14:45
    Yes
    rabid repubilican
    yes or less in some cases...just like the regular Joe's let them get a part time job for extra money....
  • mopjockey 2009/05/31 21:39:13
    Yes
    mopjockey
    Abso-freaking-lutely
  • dfm 2009/05/31 21:16:02
    No
    dfm
    they should be compensated for their time then have a job outside of the congress
  • cronewinter 2009/05/31 17:26:12
    Yes
    cronewinter
    Sounds fair to me
  • ALPEAUX 2009/05/31 15:45:59
    Other
    ALPEAUX
    THEY ARE NOT LIABLE FOR ANYTHING. They should be accessed for drug tests like the rest of the USA, but they are NOT.

    ALPEAUX
  • sglmom 2009/05/31 09:38:01
    Yes
    sglmom
    +1
    Now THAT is a great idea .. and they should also have the same BAN on receipt of any GIFTS from any source (you know -- the SAME Restrictions that are placed on the Military Servicemember),

    IF they take ANY 'graft' (oops -- they call it campaign donations/gifts) it SHOULD BE .. Go to JAIL -- go DIRECTLY to JAIL, do NOT pass go -- do NOT collect any money at all.
  • brutalenigma 2009/05/31 06:12:27
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    brutalenigma
    +1
    in all truth being a public servant ( congressman/senator) they should be paid as public federal servants and receive a monthly stipend to survive on. if the average American survives on 30$ a year then that is what the pay for each and every congressman should be, after all a life of public office is about self sacrifice for the general good of all, not self serving greed. they also should be given federal housing like project housing, where they have a small flat which they must live in. their monthly stipend for extras should not be more than really 1000 a month which would be controlled and tracked and easily seen by a simple web search. any contributions from anyone would become property of the united states of America and not their own, so boats, houses and money gifts would go to the people not the government official, this would also be the same for stocks and investments. these could also be sold off and the money pooled into a general fund which would be divided equally amongst all large parties and put in trust to cover campaign expenses, thus dem, rep and lib would each have the same amount of money to host a campaign fund with no additional money being allowed in. Since they are public servants to a trust-us they should be treated as such and terms should be limit...
    in all truth being a public servant ( congressman/senator) they should be paid as public federal servants and receive a monthly stipend to survive on. if the average American survives on 30$ a year then that is what the pay for each and every congressman should be, after all a life of public office is about self sacrifice for the general good of all, not self serving greed. they also should be given federal housing like project housing, where they have a small flat which they must live in. their monthly stipend for extras should not be more than really 1000 a month which would be controlled and tracked and easily seen by a simple web search. any contributions from anyone would become property of the united states of America and not their own, so boats, houses and money gifts would go to the people not the government official, this would also be the same for stocks and investments. these could also be sold off and the money pooled into a general fund which would be divided equally amongst all large parties and put in trust to cover campaign expenses, thus dem, rep and lib would each have the same amount of money to host a campaign fund with no additional money being allowed in. Since they are public servants to a trust-us they should be treated as such and terms should be limited. even after they leave office they should have to sign a non competition agreement of 10 years where they cannot work for any company or subsidiary of company in whose favor they voted when they were in office, thus they cannot reap the benifit of passing a bill wich is bad for the people and lucrative for a corp with the incentive of working or earning a compensation from said corp.
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  • cincin88 2009/05/31 06:02:49
    Yes
    cincin88
    Sounds like a plan!
  • Texas Johnny 2009/05/31 02:58:21 (edited)
    Yes
    Texas Johnny
    In El Paso County, Texas our Rep is Sylvestre Reyes and the average El Pasoan makes under 30k a year. He deserves about half that. He voted for the Porkulis Bill and is one of the biggest ass clowns for Pelosi. He also pushed for the border cameras that was about as useful as tits on a bull. He flunked his test to be on the House Intelligence Committee. He could not tell the difference between a Shia and a Sunni and could not tell if Al Queda was a Sunni or Shia terrorist group. He did eventually pass it but it took a while. What an douche! sunni al queda sunni shia terrorist group eventually pass douche
  • StarWarsBob 2009/05/31 02:15:55
    No
    StarWarsBob
    +3
    However, I believe that pay raises for Congress should be up to the voters, NOT up to the members of Congress.
  • Texas J... StarWar... 2009/05/31 03:01:28
    Texas Johnny
    Good for you trooper... hooah! I agree!
  • dfm StarWar... 2009/05/31 21:17:25
    dfm
    amen
  • Selfish 2009/05/30 22:23:31
    No
    Selfish
    +1
    Paid $15 an hour with a $100 bonus for each bill that they write that becomes law
  • Texas J... Selfish 2009/05/31 03:00:50
    Texas Johnny
    +1
    How about each bill that meets with the people's approval 1st. At that rate they would never get a bonus!!!!
  • Selfish Texas J... 2009/05/31 12:16:42
    Selfish
    Majority rule is tyranny
  • Bill 2009/05/30 20:46:53
    Yes
    Bill
    It sounds good, But why does anyone spend tens of millions of dollars and hock their soul to the devil for a job paying less than $200K a year? The most they would give up is maybe $150K a year. The benefits and a chance to hook up with lobby representatives is where the real money is. Look at Harry Reid or John Murtha as examples.
    OMG, term limits are looking better and better! It would take a constitutional amendment, because individual states will not take the initiative- no way will they risk their place at the hog trough. The Federal Legislature damned well won't touch it in fear of killing their golden goose.
  • pocolala 2009/05/30 20:35:18
    Yes
    pocolala
    Yes and CEO's the average of all who work for the company and NO package if fired!

    On congressfolks-My husband has long asserted - pay them nothing-they steal enough to make it worth while!
  • ken 2009/05/30 20:01:22
    Yes
    ken
    That is an excellent idea...They would quitting by the dozens
  • Chris 2009/05/30 18:48:49
    Yes
    Chris
    The average American works harder then our Congressmen and it makes me sick to see them get the outrageous pay that they have now, not to mention their cushy benefits package. We should all be so lucky! If they won't bring us up to their pay level then they should bring the rest of us up to theirs.....afterall, fair is fair and didn't Obama want to "share the wealth"......or was he just referring to everyone but him and our elected other leaders?
  • Debbie 2009/05/30 18:03:30
    No
    Debbie
    +1
    Even less than that. Let's pay them what they are worth!
  • Sgt Mike 2009/05/30 17:37:58
    Other
    Sgt Mike
    +2
    Damned if you do damned if you don't. If you cut there salries they pony up to special interest even more than now. So what's the difference ? These crooks will always be crooks. Term limits in all facets of politics!!! cut salries pony difference crooks crooks term limits facets politics
  • Dionysus 2009/05/30 16:56:22
    Yes
    Dionysus
    +1
    And ALL of their kids should go to public school
  • Vnvet 2009/05/30 15:14:52
    Other
    Vnvet
    Now wouldn't that be just great.What a great way to make getting paid by special interest groups under the table,as if they don't do that now.Term limits my way...One in office and one in prison would be more like it.
  • Tessaprn 2009/05/30 14:38:33
    No
    Tessaprn
    +1
    They should not be paid a salary and should not have benefits connected to this public service. Salary and benefits is the reason that these politicians spend decades in Congress.They may start out supposely working for they voters but after a time they start working for their own agendas.
    They should have a expense account for out of pocket costs. This expense account should be limited to what the actual cost are.
    Certainly a mandatory age limit. I realize that we all age but I do not need for someone in their 80's and 90's making decisions that affect me. I work in healthcare and can say with knowledge that the elderly do have memory problems and let one spend the night in the ICU and they completely at nighttime come unglued.
  • BoJay 2009/05/30 14:35:06
    Yes
    BoJay
    +1
    Take away the money and you take away there power. Make there ass work for it, not like now where they have voted themselfs two pay rases over two years plus gave themselfs a four day work week.
  • claptonluvr 2009/05/30 14:31:39 (edited)
    Yes
    claptonluvr
    +1
    It amazes me how much these elected officials make while our nation continues it's downslide. They should absolutely be paid the average salary for their area. And they should NOT be able to vote for raises for themselves. amazes elected officials nation continues downslide absolutely
  • Dionysus clapton... 2009/05/30 16:58:10
    Dionysus
    They can't really

    The Twenty-seventh Amendment (Amendment XXVII) prohibits any law that increases or decreases the salary of members of the Congress from taking effect until the beginning of the next set of terms of office for Representatives. It is the most recent amendment to the United States Constitution, having been ratified in 1992, more than 202 years after its initial submission in 1789.
  • clapton... Dionysus 2009/05/30 19:07:56
    claptonluvr
    Thanks for the info!
  • Sissy 2009/05/30 14:13:30
    Yes
    Sissy
    I never thought about it before but I think its a great idea.
  • crimsonbutterfly 2009/05/30 13:49:25
    Yes
    crimsonbutterfly
    +1
    It would leave more money for the rest of the district to earn.
  • RealTallWolf 2009/05/30 13:39:59
    No
    RealTallWolf
    +1
    I think Congress, Senator, local elected officials' pay should be based on an evaluation vote by the people they represent. Why should these people voluntarily run for an office and then expect tax payers to give them automatic raises?
  • ProgressiveBum 2009/05/30 12:11:57
    Yes
    ProgressiveBum
    Travel between DC and home needs to be subsidized, though.
  • Underfrog 2009/05/30 12:10:27
    Yes
    Underfrog
    +1
    HELL YES! What a great idea. Give them an idea of what the average citizen has to go through to balance a budget. Live within the same means we do. Plus, if convicted of a felony, Penision benefits are mull and void. Tired of paying pensions for convicts. What a scam!
  • Geo 2009/05/30 10:29:06 (edited)
    Yes
    Geo
    +1
    Im tired of the people who make decisions that effect the rest of us being exempt from what they imposon the rest of us.
  • Cfossedal 2009/05/30 09:46:10
    No
    Cfossedal
    Not nearly.
  • Brosia 2009/05/30 06:19:13
    Yes
    Brosia
    +1
    Hell yeah. By the people, for the people, making the same as the people! Take the left over and pay some of the deficit down. Do this country some good beside sitting around picking the underwear out of their ass and making a mockery of the Constitution.

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