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house Bill H.R. 751

Should Automatic Pay Raises for Congress Be Eliminated?

Argument in favor

Automatic pay raises for Congress allow lawmakers to boost their pay without having to go on record in a vote. Ending this practice and putting lawmakers on record about their pay raises would make Congress more accountable to the public for what it pays itself and deter unwarranted pay raises.

Andrew's Opinion
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03/22/2019
Nothing in the Federal budget should be allowed to grow automatically.
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Chester 's Opinion
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03/22/2019
Yes absolutely! I can’t give myself a raise, why should Congress be able to do that. I think it should be voted on by the people. It might fix our broken Congress who seem to be working for themselves instead of the American people!
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SamJenkins's Opinion
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03/22/2019
Congress’s pay should be related to their performance such as passing legislation in a timely manner. Stay on budget and representing their constituents.
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Argument opposed

It’s expensive to be a member of Congress. In addition to maintaining a residence in their district, most members have homes in D.C.; they also have to routinely travel between D.C. and their home districts. Pay raises help ensure that serving in Congress is accessible to members of lesser means.

Jeff's Opinion
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03/22/2019
No one deserves an automatic raise. If we put contributions from the 1% out in the open for everyone to see, that might help. We should do what some other countries do. Campaigns get the same amount of money each. Campaigns run for for about a month or so. Everything is exposed to the light of day. Those who have a problem with this apporach likely have something to hide, and with good reason.
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Scott's Opinion
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03/22/2019
Reducing compensation just moves congress toward the 1%. How can we have citizen representatives if they aren’t paid equitably?
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Sylvia's Opinion
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03/22/2019
To everyone who’s saying congressional pay raises should end, look at who’s proposing it. Another elected millionaire who claims to be doing it “for the people” when it doesn’t ACTUALLY help the people AT ALL. It only further guarantees those in office are independently wealthy, widening the divide between them (the ruling class) and us (the working class) Also, eliminating pay increases would entice the few remaining who don’t take lobbyist or PAC $$ to NEED to take advantage of the legalized bribery we have for public officials. If you want to help the people, support a bill that says that whatever standard of living or pay increases congress receives should go to all federal employees as well as requiring private firms keep pace with them. THAT would help MILLIONS of working class Americans!
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    IntroducedJanuary 24th, 2019
    Nothing in the Federal budget should be allowed to grow automatically.
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    No one deserves an automatic raise. If we put contributions from the 1% out in the open for everyone to see, that might help. We should do what some other countries do. Campaigns get the same amount of money each. Campaigns run for for about a month or so. Everything is exposed to the light of day. Those who have a problem with this apporach likely have something to hide, and with good reason.
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    Yes absolutely! I can’t give myself a raise, why should Congress be able to do that. I think it should be voted on by the people. It might fix our broken Congress who seem to be working for themselves instead of the American people!
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    Congress’s pay should be related to their performance such as passing legislation in a timely manner. Stay on budget and representing their constituents.
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    Pay raise should be performance based ,
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    ABSOLUTELY, who else gets that kind of deal. Especially when they have been the most inactive, inept, and uncooperative congress in history!!!
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    Members of Congress should not receive an automatic pay raise, end of discussion.
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    Tell me, in what other job do you get automatic raises?
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    Congress should be treated like all workers. Automatic pay raises for most workers are largely extinct thanks to the Republican trickle down scam.
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    Yes. Absolutely. No question. My senators certainly do not deserve a raise. Any raises should be approved by tax payers
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    Well of course! Who else on the planet gets to vote on their own pay raises. The pay is too high as is!
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    I disagree with automatic pay raises!
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    Not only should they NOT be automatic, congress' raises should be on the ballot every time. We taxpayers who pay their salaries, should know exactly what they make along with what perks they receive. They shouldn't get a separate retirement, they should have to rely on Social Security like the rest of us.
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    In the real world there is no such thing as automatic pay raises. I worked for county governments and have gone 5 and 7 years without pay raises. Teachers don’t get automatic pay raises either. No way should Congress be allowed to have automatic pay raises, especially when they are really working for Trump and their big donors instead of their constituents!
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    Set Congress Compensation equal to the average compensation of their constituents, including vacation time, paid time off, retirement savings, health benefits. When a congress member can increase the compensation and benefits of its constituents, then their compensation will also increase proportionately.
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    Federal employee raises have not occurred, tens of thousand low-wage contractor workers have not been paid their back pay from the shutdowns, and those standing in obstruction to the will of the people want a raise⁉️ They deserve a pink slip, or more commonly known a notice of dismissal from employment. Let’s take a page from the baby boomer playbook, and “Just Say No‼️”
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    If Congress fails to raise the standard of living of ALL Americans, they don’t deserve a raise!
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    I think every pay raise should be voted on. And if the government is shut down then no one in office should get paid Social Security is so far behind on cost-of-living raises for the people supporting the Congress We should get the raises before Congress does
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    Give automatic pay raises to public school teachers first!
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    I notice that congress have a double standard.They oppose raising the minimum wage even when the standard of living has increased considerably but they don’t mind getting automated pay raises themselves. I suggest to to Congress by law abide by minimum wage and if the minimum is not increased neither should the wage of congressman. I urge you to support this idea.
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