Pay raises in Congress should be by merit only. There should be a system in place for the people or another branch to evaluate each member to see if the congressmen and women are earning a raise by the amount of work that is produced, by the way in which they work TOGETHER, what each individual brings to the table. It should not be a raise across the board. And this should include a salary ceiling , no more career congressmen. Term limits a must. If Trump shuts down government, then NO pay for anyone.