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Pelosi: Congressional pay cut undermines dignity of the job
The Hill ^ | 14 Feb 13 | Mike Lillis

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."

(Excerpt) Read more at thehill.com ...


TOPICS: Extended News; Government; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: congress; paycut; peloisi; sequestration
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No, this is not satire. It is real. Check out the link. It is a story from today's news on Capitol Hill.

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."

Related:

Many federal workers facing furloughs are veterans

"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 we’re 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.

1 posted on 02/14/2013 5:21:03 PM PST by SkyPilot
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To: SkyPilot

She should have her own comedy special on HBO or Showtime.


2 posted on 02/14/2013 5:23:07 PM PST by Publius
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To: SkyPilot

This corrupt old skank is talking about DIGNITY???? What a bad joke.


3 posted on 02/14/2013 5:23:07 PM PST by beethovenfan (If Islam is the solution, the "problem" must be freedom.)
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To: SkyPilot

Truly bizarre coming from a millionaire liar and thief. Just plain bizarre. But she still has to take money from the “little folks.” Sicko!


4 posted on 02/14/2013 5:24:47 PM PST by laweeks
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To: SkyPilot

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.


5 posted on 02/14/2013 5:25:18 PM PST by Bringbackthedraft (Who we elect is not as important as who they bring in with them.)
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To: SkyPilot

“We have to pass it ... so we can find out what is in it.”


6 posted on 02/14/2013 5:25:18 PM PST by BenLurkin (This is not a statement of fact. It is either opinion or satire; or both)
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To: SkyPilot

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.


7 posted on 02/14/2013 5:25:18 PM PST by FlingWingFlyer (Now Playing. Obama II - The Revenge of My Father.)
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To: beethovenfan

Congressional dignity? We’ve found a brand new oxymoron to top military intelligence!


8 posted on 02/14/2013 5:25:27 PM PST by Real Cynic No More
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To: SkyPilot

dignity?

dignity?

Congress?

Sheila Bat**** Lee, Baby Hooker Menendez.... are there any big name Dems who aren’t insane?


9 posted on 02/14/2013 5:27:07 PM PST by GeronL (http://asspos.blogspot.com)
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To: SkyPilot

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.


10 posted on 02/14/2013 5:28:32 PM PST by joethedrummer
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To: SkyPilot

Dignity?

LOL


11 posted on 02/14/2013 5:30:09 PM PST by cripplecreek (REMEMBER THE RIVER RAISIN!)
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To: SkyPilot

bkmk


12 posted on 02/14/2013 5:30:21 PM PST by Sergio (An object at rest cannot be stopped! - The Evil Midnight Bomber What Bombs at Midnight)
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To: Bringbackthedraft

How about a revocation of the law that protects them from insider trading charges......That would get her attention!


13 posted on 02/14/2013 5:32:57 PM PST by Average Al
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To: Bringbackthedraft
Like most of us, I thought this was a Semmens article.

LOL! I don't know what John could do to spoof this nonsense.

14 posted on 02/14/2013 5:33:19 PM PST by Malone LaVeigh
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To: FlingWingFlyer

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...


15 posted on 02/14/2013 5:34:55 PM PST by C210N (When people fear government there is tyranny; when government fears people there is liberty)
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To: SkyPilot

she’s looking like emperor palpatine more and more.
and hillary’s going full-bore jabba the hut.


16 posted on 02/14/2013 5:38:17 PM PST by Secret Agent Man (I can neither confirm or deny that; even if I could, I couldn't - it's classified.)
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To: C210N

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.


17 posted on 02/14/2013 5:40:07 PM PST by FlingWingFlyer (Now Playing. Obama II - The Revenge of My Father.)
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To: SkyPilot

The jokes write themselves....


18 posted on 02/14/2013 5:41:10 PM PST by S.O.S121.500 (Half black,half white.........SKUNK?........................ENFORCE THE BILL OF RIGHTS.)
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To: C210N

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.


19 posted on 02/14/2013 5:41:29 PM PST by cripplecreek (REMEMBER THE RIVER RAISIN!)
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To: SkyPilot
Dignity?


20 posted on 02/14/2013 5:43:01 PM PST by LostInBayport (When there are more people riding in the cart than there are pulling it, the cart stops moving...)
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To: SkyPilot

“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.


21 posted on 02/14/2013 5:43:31 PM PST by Viennacon
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To: SkyPilot
The hag should be reduced to her base salary and sufficient funds for travel on Southwest Airlines to Dulles twice per month. Let he cover her own lodging costs in DC...in the same undignified fashion that I've endured in San Diego since June 2009. Her booze soaked parties can come out of her pocket too. The only "staff" she deserves is the one that doubles as her witch's broomstick.
22 posted on 02/14/2013 5:45:01 PM PST by Myrddin
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To: Publius

Pelosi and Biden could do a weekly sitcom...without a script!


23 posted on 02/14/2013 5:45:22 PM PST by lonestar (It takes a village of idiots to elect a village idiot.)
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To: Bringbackthedraft
I know, that is why I had to say upfront that this is not satire. She said these words to reporter Mike Lillis, a reporter for The Hill, the new website that covers every aspect of Congress and is read by almost everyone who works there.

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:

Look what you made me do! It's YOUR fault! You made me angry!

24 posted on 02/14/2013 5:46:16 PM PST by SkyPilot
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To: beethovenfan
And the constant Atlas Shrugs tryouts are helping?I half expect the members to start hitting each other , like the Three Stooges
25 posted on 02/14/2013 5:48:17 PM PST by jmcenanly ("The more corrupt the state, the more laws." Tacitus, Publius Cornelius)
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To: LostInBayport

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.


26 posted on 02/14/2013 5:51:17 PM PST by Bronzy
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To: SkyPilot

Communists deserve no respect.


27 posted on 02/14/2013 5:51:32 PM PST by I want the USA back
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To: SkyPilot

My first and unfiltered thought: What does a pig at a feeding bin know about dignity.

Pelosi is a pig, fat, greedy pig.


28 posted on 02/14/2013 5:52:00 PM PST by Truth2012
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To: laweeks

I think we should means test congressional pay. Turnabout is fair play


29 posted on 02/14/2013 5:52:52 PM PST by Mom MD (A million people attended Obamas inauguration. 14 of them actually missed work)
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To: SkyPilot

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.


30 posted on 02/14/2013 5:55:19 PM PST by 21st Century Crusader (August 26, 1191)
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To: SkyPilot

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.


31 posted on 02/14/2013 5:58:03 PM PST by centurion316
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To: ClearCase_guy

I stole your analogy (post #24). Too clever - wanted to give you credit.


32 posted on 02/14/2013 5:59:19 PM PST by SkyPilot
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To: Bronzy
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.

:) That photo is seared...seared...in my memory, too, as one of the greatest indignities visited upon this nation (Obamacare).

That this malevolent old crone thinks she's conducted herself with dignity suggests that she has been mistaking bat guano for caviar.
33 posted on 02/14/2013 6:03:53 PM PST by LostInBayport (When there are more people riding in the cart than there are pulling it, the cart stops moving...)
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To: SkyPilot
Ah, yes.

Mrs. Pelosi lectures us hard-working taxpayers on the “dignity of lawmakers' jobs” ?

It is not possible to make this "stuff" up.

.

34 posted on 02/14/2013 6:08:11 PM PST by Seaplaner (Never give in. Never give in. Never...except to convictions of honour and good sense. W. Churchill)
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To: SkyPilot

5-star generals................ MacArthur, Bradley, Marshall, Eisenhower, and Arnold are still alive?


35 posted on 02/14/2013 6:13:11 PM PST by Bringbackthedraft (Who remembers Ty Woods and Glenn Doherty? Forgot already?)
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To: SkyPilot

With dignity like that prostitutes and thieves can hold their heads high.


36 posted on 02/14/2013 6:13:27 PM PST by TigersEye (The irresponsible should not be leading the responsible.)
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To: SkyPilot

37 posted on 02/14/2013 6:13:47 PM PST by CharlesMartelsGhost
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To: SkyPilot
Apart from legit expenses, there should be no compensation for public service. Of course fewer would be willing to do the job but those who do would be doing it for(as they see it) the right reasons.
38 posted on 02/14/2013 6:14:26 PM PST by Phlap (REDNECK@LIBARTS.EDU)
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To: LostInBayport
Thank you.
The arrogance in her posture just...just infuriated me.
39 posted on 02/14/2013 6:22:15 PM PST by Bronzy
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To: SkyPilot

Happy to contribute!


40 posted on 02/14/2013 6:23:05 PM PST by ClearCase_guy (Nothing will change until after the war.)
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To: LostInBayport

That picture is hilarious!
Stenny Hoyer looks like he’s holding a purse while walking hand in hand with Lewis.


41 posted on 02/14/2013 6:51:27 PM PST by Ouchthatonehurt ("When you're going through hell, keep going." - Sir Winston Churchill)
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To: SkyPilot
but it wants the Military to take a pay cut...

42 posted on 02/14/2013 6:52:43 PM PST by Chode (Stand UP and Be Counted, or line up and be numbered - *DTOM* -ww- NO Pity for the LAZY)
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To: Bringbackthedraft
Sorry! I meant five 4-star Generals - the Joint Chiefs.

Although I would like to see Marshall alive right now. That man could sure run a war.

43 posted on 02/14/2013 7:00:02 PM PST by SkyPilot
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To: CharlesMartelsGhost

Very nice......a gay man kissing a mafia princess. Don’t get to see that every day.


44 posted on 02/14/2013 7:00:59 PM PST by SkyPilot
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To: AdmSmith; AnonymousConservative; Berosus; bigheadfred; Bockscar; ColdOne; Convert from ECUSA; ...

We could not make up this stuff. *She* could, and did.

Thanks SkyPilot.


45 posted on 02/14/2013 7:02:41 PM PST by SunkenCiv (Romney would have been worse, if you're a dumb ass.)
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To: SkyPilot

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.


46 posted on 02/14/2013 7:07:36 PM PST by MuttTheHoople (Pray for Joe Biden- Proverbs 29:9)
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To: SkyPilot

DEPOPULATE socialists from the body politic.

“Socialism Is Legal Plunder” - Bastiat

http://www.usdebtclock.org

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.


47 posted on 02/14/2013 7:12:45 PM PST by PGalt
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To: MuttTheHoople

Republicans are not only afraid of her they are afraid of their own shadows.


48 posted on 02/14/2013 7:19:37 PM PST by Venturer
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To: MuttTheHoople

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.


49 posted on 02/14/2013 7:37:03 PM PST by SkyPilot
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To: SkyPilot

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.


50 posted on 02/14/2013 7:44:38 PM PST by tina07 (In loving memory of my father,WWII Vet. CBI 10/16/42-12/17/45, d. 11/1/85)
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