Skip to comments.Pelosi: Congressional pay cut undermines dignity of the job
Posted on 02/14/2013 5:20:58 PM PST by SkyPilot
House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) said Thursday that she opposes a cut in congressional pay because it would diminish the dignity of lawmakers' jobs.
"I don't think we should do it; I think we should respect the work we do," Pelosi told reporters in the Capitol. "I think it's necessary for us to have the dignity of the job that we have rewarded."
The comments were made in the context of the looming sequester, which would force across-the-board cuts affecting most federal offices, including Congress. With lawmakers nowhere near a deal to avert those cuts, federal agencies are bracing for ways to absorb them with minimum damage to programs and personnel.
Pelosi, whose husband is a wealthy real-estate developer, was quick to note that a cut in her own pay would be far less significant than that for both staffers and less wealthy members of Congress.
"It's a hard question to ask me because most of my colleagues are the breadwinners in their families," she said. "A pay cut to me doesn't mean as much."
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She is quite a piece of work, isn't she?
Sadly, I think her comments reflect the sentiment of most people in Congress, Republicans as well as Democrats.
I guess she believes that "paycuts are good for thee, but not for me."
"If the federal government is forced to furlough civilian employees in the event of sequestration, the burden will fall heavily on a population that Congress and the White House have vowed to support: veterans.
More than two out of five of the approximately 800,000 Department of Defense employees facing furloughs are veterans, Deputy Defense Secretary Ashton Carter said Wednesday.
Forty-four percent of them are veterans, Carter told the House Armed Services Committee during a hearing on the potential effect of sequestration on the military. Very soon were going to have to furlough the great majority of them.
The Pentagon expects to furlough its civilian employees for the maximum statutory length of 22 days between the beginning of April and the end of the year, Carter said. That will amount to 20 percent of their pay, he noted.
I will say this for Ashton Carter, the Deputy Secretary of Defense: he went on the records before the House and Senate Armed Services Committees this week and said that even though he is a political appointee and exempt from furloughs, he would voluntarily take a 20% paycut like every other DoD employee in the event of sequestration.
How many people think member of the White House, Congress, and their staffers would do the same?
I bet if they were facing a paycut, they would have a deal on entitlement reform and federal spending so quick it would make your head spin.
She should have her own comedy special on HBO or Showtime.
This corrupt old skank is talking about DIGNITY???? What a bad joke.
Truly bizarre coming from a millionaire liar and thief. Just plain bizarre. But she still has to take money from the “little folks.” Sicko!
I think we should respect the work we do,”.............. OH really? Just what have you accomplished that deserves such respect? Like most of us, I thought this was a Semmens article.
“We have to pass it ... so we can find out what is in it.”
I don’t think we should pay politicans anything. Once they’re elected, they have all kinds of dough rolling in through backroom deals and schemes. They don’t need taxpayer dollars.
Congressional dignity? We’ve found a brand new oxymoron to top military intelligence!
Sheila Bat**** Lee, Baby Hooker Menendez.... are there any big name Dems who aren’t insane?
This MORON has no concept of her own position!
The founders created congress to be a SERVICE; a TEMPORARY SERVICE position, not a means for these folks to sit for 20+ years getting rich like they do now.
SHAME on you Californians who keep this piece of crap in office.
How about a revocation of the law that protects them from insider trading charges......That would get her attention!
LOL! I don't know what John could do to spoof this nonsense.
By removing any pay whatsoever, we would accomplish the same goal trying to be achieved with term limits.
Reps/Sinators would not live in DC. They would by nature be part-timers, and go back home to make a buck between LONG recesses. They would not run $million dollar incumbent campaigns for re-election.
The state rep pay in NH is “$200 per term”, and is in their Constitution.
The less time in session, the less damage they can do...
she’s looking like emperor palpatine more and more.
and hillary’s going full-bore jabba the hut.
I agree 100%. The House and Senate should meet in Washington for 2 weeks twice a year. It should not be a full time job for those slobs. Let them get real jobs like the rest of us.
The jokes write themselves....
I think the first legislation my congressman introduced when he was elected was to require them to spend at least 21 days per month in their home districts.
He’s still sleeping in his office.
“the work we do”
WHAT WORK?! This scum-sucking libturd is one of the most annoying in congress. Choke that paycut down, Swine Piglosi. That’s for sending my tax dollars to LG Chem and abortion doctors.
Pelosi and Biden could do a weekly sitcom...without a script!
I bet there are some staffers who are none too happy she is bringing this kind of scrutiny upon them right before they start trimming other people's paychecks - especially a lot of veterans. When the Deputy Defense Secretary and all five member of the Joint Chiefs testified to the House Armed Services Committee, Rep Duncan Hunter (R-CA), lost his temper and his mind. He went off on the Joint Chiefs, telling them that the deep defense cuts that Congress has levied on them with sequestration (defense has to absorb 50% of all the cuts by law) are "partially" their fault and they have to "share the blame."
I am not joking.
I found that soooo ironic. Here was a member of Congress who voted for the flipping law, screaming at 5-star generals who were telling him these deep cuts were going to hurt the military.
What a circus.
It was akin to this:
OMG Did you have to post that picture? It is seared in my head. Spit on me Carson is just above her in the photo.
Communists deserve no respect.
My first and unfiltered thought: What does a pig at a feeding bin know about dignity.
Pelosi is a pig, fat, greedy pig.
I think we should means test congressional pay. Turnabout is fair play
Someone please advise madam pelosi that anyone that associates with her, reid, or the 0bama regime has forfeited any dignity that they may have ever had.
I agree with her. Members of Congress are among the lowest paid criminals in the country, ranking down with people who steal candy from babies. It’s just not right, criminal activity used to enjoy much more respect than it does now. Look at Tony Soprano, he was admired by everyone in America, and our criminal Congress Critters deserve this at the very least.
I stole your analogy (post #24). Too clever - wanted to give you credit.
Mrs. Pelosi lectures us hard-working taxpayers on the dignity of lawmakers' jobs ?
It is not possible to make this "stuff" up.
5-star generals................ MacArthur, Bradley, Marshall, Eisenhower, and Arnold are still alive?
With dignity like that prostitutes and thieves can hold their heads high.
Happy to contribute!
That picture is hilarious!
Stenny Hoyer looks like he’s holding a purse while walking hand in hand with Lewis.
Although I would like to see Marshall alive right now. That man could sure run a war.
Very nice......a gay man kissing a mafia princess. Don’t get to see that every day.
We could not make up this stuff. *She* could, and did.
Nobody’s mentioned this, but when she talks she sounds like the stupidest person on earth. Total, complete, utter retard. I don’t understand why Repblicans are so afraid of he/she/it.
DEPOPULATE socialists from the body politic.
“Socialism Is Legal Plunder” - Bastiat
It’s time for Citizens Internal Revenue Service (CIRS) to start confiscating all assets of politicians past and present as debt repayment.
Surely 535 patriots can be found to serve without pay, healthcare, perks, benefits, insurance, etc., etc., and then go home to their real jobs.
Republicans are not only afraid of her they are afraid of their own shadows.
My guess is that is totally ruthless and vindictive. She is not smart, but very ambitious and clever with manipulation. She has always craved attention, and thinks herself as very attractive. Her greatest fear is she is aging fast, hence the multiple surgeries.
Hey Nazi Pelosi Bitch, my husband has been working for HALF of what he was making before you and Bozo frigged things up, and that’s when there has been work which there hasn’t been much over the last four years. His union tile job disappeared June 2009, along with our medical coverage, pension contributions, annuities, etc.
How would you like to make HALF to NONE of your juicy salary Bitch???
I deplore these bastards.