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house Bill H.R. 102

Should Congressional Pay Raises be Blocked if the Federal Government Runs a Budget Deficit?

Argument in favor

Members of Congress get paid to keep the nation’s fiscal house in order, and if the government is running a deficit then lawmakers shouldn’t get a pay raise.

B.R.'s Opinion
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02/01/2019
We are talking about individuals who have the responsibility of balancing the budget (Priority). They have failed. Why would they be entitled to a merit increase?
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Rodney's Opinion
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02/01/2019
I think they should not be paid at all if the Government is in a shutdown. I also believe that if they retire they should live on social security and have Medicare like the rest of Americans. No congressional retirement of Cadillac healthcare.
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Nate's Opinion
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02/01/2019
You get a pay raise for doing a bad job???
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Argument opposed

If members of Congress are due a pay raise under the laws they had enacted they should receive it rather than having it blocked because the government ran a deficit.

Rebekah 's Opinion
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02/01/2019
Notice the Republicans don't care a bit about the deficit while passing tax cuts for millionaires and billionaires. Or starting wars. Or boosting corporate welfare. They only worry about deficits when providing for the sick, the poor, children, or homeless vets.
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Carol's Opinion
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02/01/2019
This would deter average citizens from running for Congress and would have no impact on millionaire members of Congress.
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Coralie's Opinion
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02/01/2019
On the surface this looks like a very reasonable bill. However, when you realize that this bill, proposed twice by a Republican, would mandate decreased spending, you know where he intends to make the cuts. Social Security, Medicare and other social programs will be slashed while the out-of-sight defense spending, the Wall and tax breaks for the rich will be preserved.
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      house Committees
      Committee on Administration
    IntroducedJanuary 3rd, 2019

What is House Bill H.R. 102?

This bill would prohibit pay raises for members of Congress in a calendar year if the federal government ran a deficit in the previous fiscal year (i.e. the gov’t spent more than it collected in tax receipts). Congress hasn’t received a pay increase since 2009, and members currently make $174,000 annually with additional pay available for members in leadership positions.

Impact

Taxpayers; and members of Congress.

Cost of House Bill H.R. 102

A CBO cost estimate is unavailable.

More Information

In-Depth: Rep. Vern Buchanan (R-FL) reintroduced this bill, along with six others, from the 115th Congress to "continue generating economic growth and opportunity for millions of Americans." Last Congress, Rep. Buchanan (R-FL) introduced this bill to prohibit members of Congress from getting a pay raise when the federal government runs a budget deficit:

“Successful businesses do not reward an employee who fails to do their job. This same common sense must be used in Washington. Members of Congress should not be eligible for pay raises if they cannot fulfill one of their most basic responsibilities. Forty-nine states, including Florida, are required by law to balance the budget. In Florida, passing a balanced budget is priority number one for the state legislature. Washington should not be held to a different standard.”

There are currently no cosponsors of this bill in the 116th Congress. In the last Congress, this bill has the support of one cosponsor in the House, Rep. Todd Rokita (R-IN).


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Summary by Eric Revell

(Photo Credit: Pete Souza - White House / Public Domain)

AKA

No Pay Raise for Congress Act

Official Title

To provide that rates of pay for Members of Congress shall not be adjusted under section 601(a)(2) of the Legislative Reorganization Act of 1946 in the year following any fiscal year in which outlays of the United States exceeded receipts of the United States.

    We are talking about individuals who have the responsibility of balancing the budget (Priority). They have failed. Why would they be entitled to a merit increase?
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    Notice the Republicans don't care a bit about the deficit while passing tax cuts for millionaires and billionaires. Or starting wars. Or boosting corporate welfare. They only worry about deficits when providing for the sick, the poor, children, or homeless vets.
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    I think they should not be paid at all if the Government is in a shutdown. I also believe that if they retire they should live on social security and have Medicare like the rest of Americans. No congressional retirement of Cadillac healthcare.
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    You get a pay raise for doing a bad job???
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    This would deter average citizens from running for Congress and would have no impact on millionaire members of Congress.
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    If the congress can't coordinate their responses to national security issues then they all need to suffer for their lack of resolve to their jobs ! VOTING BLUE WAVE IN 2020 will take care of most of the Republican blockage problem and remove all of Putin's destructive influences! 🕊💙🌊🌹🕊
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    IT GOES WITHOUT SAYING - NO BALANCED BUDGET = NO PAY Members of Congress get paid to keep the nation’s fiscal house in order, and if the government is running a deficit then lawmakers shouldn’t get a pay raise. Come on Speaker Pelosi, the ball is in your court now, so pass the legislation and soon......... SneakyPete........ 🤷🏼‍♂️🤔🤔🤷‍♀️. 2*1*19.........
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    They weren’t effected by the government shutdown and you want to pay them more when others went 35 days without pay and were forced to work. The only thing they deserve is a pay cut.
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    How is it that no matter what, Congress always manages to give themselves raises even when other government workers can’t get one? It’s despicable how their pockets are fat and happy, while others aren’t.
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    Far more important than the annual pay number, end the “for-life Golden parachute” for Congress unless they’re actually there for 20 years. No one else gets retirement for a 5 year job.
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    On the surface this looks like a very reasonable bill. However, when you realize that this bill, proposed twice by a Republican, would mandate decreased spending, you know where he intends to make the cuts. Social Security, Medicare and other social programs will be slashed while the out-of-sight defense spending, the Wall and tax breaks for the rich will be preserved.
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    Considering the president has used his presidential authority to bypass the legislative procces I'm unsure on this one. I do think it would be nice if congress wasn't just accountable at election time. They need to be held accountable for their actions all of the time.
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    With benefits, they’re actually making closer to $286,000 a year. Politics. That’s where the money is at, kiddos! You just have to go through the motions of pretending to give a shit about everyday people & they PAY you to do it!
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    Changing the law would certainly raise their level of concern regarding getting their work done...which is what they are elected and paid to do! Why, when they continue to muck up the country should they get raises? There is a reason they have a lower popularity rating than the President and the media...they stopped working on our behalf decades ago. Maybe this would get their attention. I applaud this Republican’s efforts, but will it pass? No. That’s because most only care about their own power and re-election. Sad.
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    It is unfair to the American people if it’s government chooses to reward itself without preforming the duties and functions expected of it’s role.
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    Their raises should be voted on in a general election
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    Obvi.
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    Brook, you fool, first of all, to orange pig, his salary is a pittance (compared to the millions of dollars he is raking in from ignoring the emoluments clause). Then there’s the millions he gets from us every time he goes to one of his properties for one of his numerous vacations. So, IF he is ACTUALLY donating his salary, he is ONLY doing this to sucker you ignorants into believing he has a heart and to GET THE TAX BREAK the salary contributions will give him. So he makes out like the bandit he is (raking in millions and getting a tax break to boot, how nice) and you ignorants keep thinking he’s wonderful! So until you know what you’re talking about, perhaps, you should refrain from commenting, as should others, like James and Miles. Besides, are we really sure he is donating his salary or is he just saying he is? He has already lied to you/us over 8,000 times? What’s one more? J. Scott, sorry but, as long as they get millions of dollars from lobbyists and donors, I don’t believe they should get ANY raises from our tax dollars. They, already, get plenty. Until they start doing their job for me/us, they deserve neither raises nor rewards! Period.
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    Congress should get a pay cut.
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    No, I think the proposal should be modified so that Congress could not receive pay raises if they approve a budget which the Congressional Budget Office forecasts would result in a deficit. Congress can only control expenditures, whereas Federal income varies with the economy.
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