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  •  Congressional salaries then and now (4+ / 0-)
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    tmo, TracieLynn, NeuvoLiberal, greenearth

    Congressional pay in 1997:  

    Congressional Pay Graphic

    A Quiet Raise

    After four years without a salary increase, members of Congress in the fall of 1997 quietly gave themselves a pay raise.

    The 2.3 percent hike amounts to about $3,000 a year, bringing rank-and-file salaries to $136,673. Leaders of both parties get considerably more; House Speaker Newt Gingrich (R-Ga.), for instance, will make $175,445.

    The new raise:

    Despite record low approval ratings, House lawmakers Tuesday embraced a $3,300 pay raise that would increase their salaries to $168,500.

    Just the increase in congressional salaries between 1997 and 2006 is about 3 times more than what someone on minimum wage makes in one year and minimum wage has remained unchanged for 9 years.  

    Be ashamed to die until you have won some victory for humanity. Horace Mann (and btw, the bike in kayakbiker is a bicycle)

    by Kayakbiker on Wed Jun 14, 2006 at 01:06:54 PM PDT

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