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Congressional Belt-Tightening

fat belly beltH.R. 4761 would reduce the pay of members of Congress by 5% and eliminate the automatic raises they wrote into law some years back.

The current salary for rank-and-file members of the House and Senate is $174,000 per year, and they do get a raise every year unless they vote to decline it.

The bill would also establish a limit on the amount of money they can spend on running their offices.

It’s called the Congressional Belt-Tightening Act of 2010, and it’s sure to be popular on this site, like the plans to stop salary increases we’ve seen before.

Here’s the current vote on H.R. 4761. Click to vote, comment, learn more, or edit the wiki article on the bill.

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Not only pay should be limited but also fringe benefits accorded to congress. Congress should be required to live by the same rules they impose on the American people such as healthcare and the limits they impose on buying food supplements and vitamins. Congress and the administration is over reaching their enumerated powers imposed on them by the constitution and this must be stopped.

Congress is derelect in their duties by allowing special interest groups write laws which they do not read and passing them through congress with impunity.

Passing bills in the name of “For The Children” needs to be look at as to the children who will be required to pay the debt for them. Every generation needs to pay its own debt and not pass it along to future generations.


A solution to the excessive government pay levels could very well be a requirement that the pay levels of all government employees be confirmed by the voters in each congressional election. Failure to confirm would be an automatic 10% pay cut. Confirmation would require a confirmation vote by not less than half of all voters, not just those who vote on this particular issue.

The salaries at each pay level should be voted on separately.

Benefits and expense allowances should be voted on separately.

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