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house Bill H.R. 646

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.

Janene's Opinion
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08/24/2017
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. Not to mention they make OVER $174000 per yer. Far more than their average constituents make. It's time to cut the congressional free ride with big salaries and health care far beyond what the average person receives.
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Cary's Opinion
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08/24/2017
You work for me and my family. I don't ever remember voting to give anyone in congress a raise in pay. What gives you the right to vote yourself a raise? No right at all. Your job is to SERVE. Your job description is service not selfishness. By all means, Link future wage increases to a balanced budget.
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Kodiwodi's Opinion
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08/24/2017
Why on earth should we give pay raises when they aren't doing a good 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.

IllWill's Opinion
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08/24/2017
This is a very simplistic bill that doesn't seem to understand that the government is not a business and shouldn't be run like one. The bill also appears to lack understanding of how fiscal policy works. Some years the government will run a deficit and it will be necessary given underlying economic conditions. Members of Congress should not be denied pay raises just because the government is running a deficit which can be a very good thing when the economy is weak and the government spending has to make up for a lack of private economic activity.
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Alan's Opinion
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08/24/2017
No. The federal budget is much more complicated than such facile solutions can address. There are economic conditions where the government SHOULD overspend. This Republican should sit down and learn to govern. It's hard, and can't be encompassed by popular slogans such as this.
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Claude's Opinion
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08/24/2017
A simplistic answer to a complex problem is not wise. Some other incentive to get the budgeting job done may be desirable.
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      house Committees
      Committee on Administration
      Committee on Oversight and Reform
    IntroducedJanuary 24th, 2017

What is House Bill H.R. 646?

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. 646

A CBO cost estimate is unavailable.

More Information

In-DepthSponsoring Rep. Vern 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.”

This legislation currently 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.

    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. Not to mention they make OVER $174000 per yer. Far more than their average constituents make. It's time to cut the congressional free ride with big salaries and health care far beyond what the average person receives.
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    This is a very simplistic bill that doesn't seem to understand that the government is not a business and shouldn't be run like one. The bill also appears to lack understanding of how fiscal policy works. Some years the government will run a deficit and it will be necessary given underlying economic conditions. Members of Congress should not be denied pay raises just because the government is running a deficit which can be a very good thing when the economy is weak and the government spending has to make up for a lack of private economic activity.
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    Impeach trump then worry about everything else. Nothing else matter until he is gone
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    You work for me and my family. I don't ever remember voting to give anyone in congress a raise in pay. What gives you the right to vote yourself a raise? No right at all. Your job is to SERVE. Your job description is service not selfishness. By all means, Link future wage increases to a balanced budget.
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    Why on earth should we give pay raises when they aren't doing a good job?
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    I have pay freezes as a teacher because of budget....so...
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    Yes, definitely. I support incentivizing Congress to balance our budget and not keep putting things on the national credit card.
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    They should have nothing better than any other Federal Employee!
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    Not only should raises be blocked, benefits and salary should be capped at half of years served in office. Being a representative was supposed to be a part time affair while continuing to still operate your personal businesses. Congressional recesses are based on when members needed to return to their farms. So they should be like everyone else and return to the workforce after leaving a job rather than being a gigantic tax fund vampire for the rest of their life.
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    They work for the people. If the elected officials cannot be fiscally responsible, then they don't deserve a raise.
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    Being a leader means making hard decisions. Our country is vulnerable if we are not fiscally independent. Congress is in charge of the budget. Members of Congress should ensure that a budget is balanced, and that it is adhered to. Be a leader, ensure that U.S. remains a great nation, and help our country get a balanced budget! Pay raises should absolutely be prohibited for members of Congress if the government ran a deficit the previous year.
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    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.
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    Fiscal discipline starts within.
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    If the government shuts down, Senators and Representatives should not be rewarded for not doing their jobs. They ran for office. They volunteered to represent the people. If they cannot work together and move government forward they should not get a pay increase, especially when people on Social Security would stop getting their payments.
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    Should have happened a ling time ago. We're paying 75% of every congresspersons deductible and copay because they said they couldn't afford it - why would we give them a pay increase for doing nothing but frustrating the citizenry.
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    No. The federal budget is much more complicated than such facile solutions can address. There are economic conditions where the government SHOULD overspend. This Republican should sit down and learn to govern. It's hard, and can't be encompassed by popular slogans such as this.
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    In theory I don't agree with this concept, but I also don't feel congress is doing their job. I want term limits for congress.
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    This one I can get behind. I want to see more bills like this!!!!
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    It would happen in private business. Why not in government?
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    I'm a government employee and I don't get raises! Why should they be any different?
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