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'Fiscal cliff' deal to block pay hike for Congress

By ANDREW TAYLOR | Associated Press -- WASHINGTON (AP) — Legislation to prevent the government from going over the so-called fiscal cliff will also block a $900 automatic pay hike for members of Congress.

It's one more reason for lawmakers to vote for the measure extending Bush-era tax cuts on individual income up to $450,000 while increasing rates for earnings above that threshold.

Under a 1989 law, lawmakers are supposed to receive automatic cost-of-living pay hikes, but as Congress' approval ratings have fallen, lawmakers have routinely voted to reject the raise.


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Submitted Jan 01, 2013 By: Jamer
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honda0105
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Message Posted: Jan 4, 2013 5:56:03 AM

having a hard time believing that they are voting themselves out of a pay raise.
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sjf238
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Message Posted: Jan 2, 2013 2:10:31 PM

Ok
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Nancy&Len
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Message Posted: Jan 2, 2013 7:47:30 AM

We got what we deserve.
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danny999
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Message Posted: Jan 2, 2013 5:36:15 AM

In olden days,Congressmen would be lineing up to "duel"OBUMMA.He's the most arrogant piece of garbage that ever got elected into the White house.
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ClarkSC
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Message Posted: Jan 2, 2013 4:28:04 AM

Another joke.
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us4usa
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Message Posted: Jan 2, 2013 12:28:54 AM

Read the full article..."Lawmakers make $174,000 a year. They had already voted in September to block the pay raise through March 27, but President Barack Obama recently issued an executive order to implement it, along with a pay increase for federal workers."
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crreed1
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Message Posted: Jan 2, 2013 12:21:37 AM

they don't need a raise
they don't do any thing but take vacations
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CivicMA
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Message Posted: Jan 2, 2013 12:12:06 AM

They deserve NO pay for their inept actions and total disregard for the betterment of the country!
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judgemobile
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Message Posted: Jan 2, 2013 12:11:57 AM

They LIED to you about no tax increases if you earn less than 400,000, because the Senate bill DOES NOT stop the 2 % increase in EMPLOYEE SOCIAL SECURITY WITHHOLDING--see item in Huffington Post dated Jan 1, 2013 for the truth of what I just posted.
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Message Posted: Jan 2, 2013 12:11:56 AM

crooks
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jetskijerry
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Message Posted: Jan 2, 2013 12:11:49 AM

At our expense
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jetskijerry
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Message Posted: Jan 2, 2013 12:11:40 AM

They'll find some other way to get it
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jtfftj
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Message Posted: Jan 2, 2013 12:10:02 AM

Everyone should pay the same percentage. How about pay something, no matter how small.
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Message Posted: Jan 2, 2013 12:09:43 AM

I was saying all last year that Obama was leading us "Forward". Over a cliff...
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naspa
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Message Posted: Jan 2, 2013 12:09:04 AM

It's unfair anyway. Everyone should pay the same percentage of taxes.
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Message Posted: Jan 2, 2013 12:07:30 AM

Let the treason trials begin.
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Message Posted: Jan 2, 2013 12:07:26 AM

Happy New Year to one and all.
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gasmack
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Message Posted: Jan 2, 2013 12:07:17 AM

They deserve to have the pay hike blocked.
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Message Posted: Jan 2, 2013 12:05:06 AM

CNN: "CBO: Fiscal cliff deal adds $4 trillion to deficits."
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Message Posted: Jan 2, 2013 12:04:45 AM

well I see that they passed part of the legislation, I wonder if their raises were in the part they passed.
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Message Posted: Jan 2, 2013 12:04:40 AM

This congress should get a pay cut.
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Message Posted: Jan 2, 2013 12:04:02 AM

comedy
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Message Posted: Jan 2, 2013 12:03:42 AM

Ok.
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Message Posted: Jan 2, 2013 12:03:21 AM

All over paid jerks.
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Message Posted: Jan 2, 2013 12:03:13 AM

It passed, but of course, they would never take a pay cut.
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cloud23465
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Message Posted: Jan 2, 2013 12:03:08 AM

They should all be fired! NO RAISE!
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Message Posted: Jan 2, 2013 12:02:55 AM

They don't deserve the raise anyway.
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wcp3rd
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Message Posted: Jan 1, 2013 11:56:55 PM

should take a pay cut, like the rest of the country
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granitestater
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Message Posted: Jan 1, 2013 11:53:48 PM

a long time ago the Congress voted to have a Pay Commission recommend raises that would automatically take effect unless Congress voted it down. that provided plausible deniability to any member who said "I didn't vote for the raise!"
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Aviator_Rob
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Message Posted: Jan 1, 2013 11:48:54 PM

To all those people griping about Cangressional pay raises, just remember that you voted these jokers in. Too many people think that Congress is terrible but think THEIR representative is the only one doing a good job.

Everyone needs to understand that We, the People, elect our government from the People. If you're not happy, look to yourselves. The writer of the 19th Century book, Democracy in America, famously wrote that, "In a democracy, the people get the government they deserve."
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Aviator_Rob
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Message Posted: Jan 1, 2013 11:42:38 PM

And why is that, @listerone? Do you have an urge to implement some sort of "2nd Amendment solution"?
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Aviator_Rob
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Message Posted: Jan 1, 2013 11:40:49 PM

@OldMoses just made me laugh out loud. Thank you. However, I don't think $900 will pay for a whole hour with a Washington escort.
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Message Posted: Jan 1, 2013 11:38:41 PM

"Lawmakers make $174,000 a year. They had already voted in September to block the pay raise through March 27, but President Barack Obama recently issued an executive order to implement it, along with a pay increase for federal workers."So the do nothings voted to block their pay raise, and SOMEONE said NO you guys work so hard... I know we are trying to cut our debt down but, you guys need to take some more tax dollars home... Now we all know it's the good old boy's DC club, tell the people how hard they are working to cut their spending...

Thats Uncle Sam always handing out money... Just like a soiled brat with Mom/dad's new Credit Card, saying I don't care not me paying for it...

The only way out of this mess is with Term limits on DC...
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toadNY
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Message Posted: Jan 1, 2013 11:35:36 PM

Starting with the president down they should all take a pay Cut!
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kingpin6
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Message Posted: Jan 1, 2013 11:35:25 PM

Pay for performance for Congress. What a deal (or joke)!
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Message Posted: Jan 1, 2013 11:33:18 PM

pay increase is now history
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OldMoses
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Message Posted: Jan 1, 2013 11:31:21 PM

$ 900.00 huh? Well I guess that our noble legislators will just be forced to spend one less hour with a Washington prostitute next year.
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Message Posted: Jan 1, 2013 11:30:19 PM

Congress passed that law because the 27th amendment to the constitution was ratified that year. It stated that no seated Congress could vote itself a pay raise, so Congress just made it automatic unless they voted not to get the raise. Not exactly following the intent of the people on that one, were they?


[Edited by: suj at 1/1/2013 11:34:13 PM EST]
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Hunter114
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Message Posted: Jan 1, 2013 11:26:56 PM

Congress is one group that does not deserve a pay raise.
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Message Posted: Jan 1, 2013 11:25:21 PM

lol, does anyone truly think they will block a pay raise for themselves?
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Message Posted: Jan 1, 2013 11:22:27 PM

It will happen.
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Message Posted: Jan 1, 2013 11:20:13 PM

and this has what to do with vehicles and gas/oil prices ? OT
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Message Posted: Jan 1, 2013 11:20:12 PM

they should be ashamed
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Message Posted: Jan 1, 2013 11:18:04 PM

And while they're at it they can make every Federal building in the nation a "gun free" zone.No guns protecting *any* employee of the United States Government.
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Message Posted: Jan 1, 2013 11:15:16 PM

judgemobile, I'm waiting, too! Nothing but broken promises and scams.
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autohio
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Message Posted: Jan 1, 2013 11:13:58 PM

If it passes
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papakoca
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Message Posted: Jan 1, 2013 11:13:49 PM

In the early years, they did their legislative duties for free. Look it up.
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Message Posted: Jan 1, 2013 11:13:41 PM

I can't believe they have the nerve to try to pass a raise for themselves while looking "so hard" at ways to cut everything else
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Soglaos
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Message Posted: Jan 1, 2013 11:13:40 PM

They do not deserve a pay hike.
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Message Posted: Jan 1, 2013 11:12:34 PM

is that 900/ day, year???
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