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#1 Paul, Mitchell Again Block Congressional Pay Raise04-27-2010, 11:01 PM
Washington, D.C. - Congressman Ron Paul and Congressman Harry Mitchell have again stopped the increase in pay that Members of Congress automatically get every year unless it is voted down.
Their efforts to block the pay raise for 2010 was successful last year, and today their bill to block the pay raise for 2011 passed overwhelmingly in the House after passing the Senate last week.
“We should not be padding our pocketbooks when our constituents are still tightening their belts and losing their jobs,” stated Congressman Paul. “As well, we could continue with this symbolic first step and stop increasing taxes, expanding the federal budget, and spreading our military so thin. These additional measures would do much to begin our economic recovery.”
And the roll call:
Nays: 15(D) 0(R)
Yeas: 232(D) 170(R)
NV: 6(D) 7(R)
The Roll Call
It's a symbolic drop in the bucket to be sure, but the fact that the measure was even introduced goes to show that there are still a very, very few good men on the hill.
Last edited by bijou; 04-28-2010 at 10:55 AM. Reason: to comply with B/N format"In England a king hath little more to do than to make war and give away places; which in plain terms, is to impoverish the nation and set it together by the ears. A pretty business indeed for a man to be allowed eight hundred thousand sterling a year for, and worshipped into the bargain! Of more worth is one honest man to society and in the sight of God, than all the crowned ruffians that ever lived."
—Thomas Paine, Common Sense
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