Wednesday, December 17, 2008
Some things are just plain wrong. One of them is the automatic 2.8 percent — or $4,700 each — pay hike members of Congress are due to receive early next year unless American citizens convince them otherwise — and quickly!
On Jan. 22, 2008, Reps. Harry Mitchell (D-Ariz.) and Ron Paul (R-Texas) attempted to prevent this Congressional “cash grab” by introducing H.R. 5087 as a measure “To prevent Members of Congress from receiving the automatic pay adjustment scheduled to take effect in 2009.”
Today, as the nation sinks deeper and deeper into an economic crisis, H.R. 5087 appears to have little to no chance of passage. The most-supported bill among three introduced to address this Congressional “cash grab,” it has only 34 co-sponsors — far short of the 218 votes necessary for passage.
While the $2.5 million cost of the raise might seem small when stacked up against the multi-billion-dollar bailouts already enacted (financial industry) and those still under consideration (Big Three Automakers), the Congressional pay raise costing taxpayers roughly $2.5 million stinks on principle alone.
That’s why American citizens — please, no illegal immigrants need chime in on this one — need to take action NOW and convince their elected officials otherwise.
If you’re as disgusted as I am about this Congressional abuse of taxpayers, CONTACT YOUR ELECTED OFFICIALS in Washington, D.C., and give them a piece of your mind. Threaten them with your vote. Say whatever it takes to convince them to turn off the spigot spewing cash their way.
Hat tip: The Senior Citizens League-- Bob McCarty Writes
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