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Nancy Pelosi Protests Sequester’s Congress Pay Cut

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House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi is protesting a sequester-mandated cut in congressional pay because she fears a lower salary will undermine the dignity of her position. Basically, if we tip over the new fiscal cliff deadline, she doesn’t want to go with it.

“I think we should respect the work we do,” Pelosi said. “I think it’s necessary for us to have the dignity of the job that we have rewarded.”

MSN reports that the debate over a congressional pay cut comes as part of the looming sequester (AKA – Fiscal Cliff 2: Electric Boogaloo) which will trigger across-the-board cuts affecting most federal offices.

The Hill notes that Pelosi’s husband is a big-wig real-estate developer, and that her own pay cut wouldn’t so much affect her. She’s looking out for her fellow Congress members without greater wealth who are “struggling” with their six-figure paycheck.

“It’s a hard question to ask me because most of my colleagues are the breadwinners in their families,” she said. “A pay cut to me doesn’t mean as much.”

Pelosi also remarked that Congress should make a deal to avoid the sequester entirely anyway. “A sequester should be out of the question,” she said. She’s hardly unique in espousing that perspective.

But the clock is ticking (March 1), both chambers of Congress are out of town next week, and the chances of finally reaching a deal to avoid an economic punch in the throat are slimmer and slimmer. Some lawmakers are hoping for the best, but admitted that they’re bracing for the worst.

“We are, in fact, obviously contemplating a sequester,” said Rep. Steny Hoyer (D-Md.). “Obviously we are going to take a cut, like everybody else, and we will have to accommodate that.”

Do you think that Congress should take a pay cut if they fail to reach a sequester deal?

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12 Responses to “Nancy Pelosi Protests Sequester’s Congress Pay Cut”

  1. Anna Marie Foye

    Government workers have dignity too. We are all equal. No matter who we are.

  2. Jennifer Spencer

    Most Americans majority of Americans make under 174k a year. I am for cutting benefits, but I do think we should start with congress pay and benefits.

  3. Jennifer Spencer

    Majority of Americans make less than 174k. We need to cut congress pay and benefits.

  4. Dustin Sorensen

    Bullshit. We are NOT equal. What kind of fucking planet do you live on? We are all equal? You could never do the same job as me, why the fuck should you get paid the same?

    Take that communist shit and shove it up your ass. You wanna get paid the same as someone else? Do the same fucking work.

  5. Seth Lawson

    I think Congress should get their pay only if they can actually DO something. I'm sure that the lobbyists can cover their meals for a while till they pass things that most Americans want them to do but they don't.

  6. Anna Marie Foye

    Your life must suck to have such an anger problem. Stay off my facebook.