Dem Leader Rejects Congressional Pay Freeze Until Budget Is Balanced
Well this makes sense. If you’re a political hack trying to squeeze every last dime out of taxpayers while you’re in public office.
House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer (Dem-Md.) says he rejects the idea of freezing Congressional pay until Congress can balance a budget. Earlier this week Obama and democrats proposed a record $3.8 Trillion spending bill for the second year in a row that will result in a record budget deficit for the second year in a row.
House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer (D-Md.) rejected the idea of continuing a congressional pay freeze until Congress can balance the budget, saying that it would take “a long time” until the budget might be balanced – too long, he said, for Congress to go without a pay raise.
Speaking to reporters at his weekly press briefing, Hoyer explained that Congress had already frozen its pay by rejecting a cost of living increase. However, extending that freeze was too much for Hoyer to support.
CNSNews.com: Are you willing to continue the freeze on congressional pay beyond this year and until the budget gets balanced?
Hoyer: “I’m sure that Congress will be willing to consider it. First of all, as you know, in order for there to be a pay raise, you need to have a vote. Cost of living adjustments are perceived differently by the courts and by the law. So you’re really talking about cost of living adjustments. We froze the cost of living adjustments this year, and I’m sure we’ll consider that again.
CNSNews.com: But do you support it?
Hoyer: I’ve not been a big supporter of it, if you’re talking about in terms of freezing until we balance the budget – that’s a long time. I think that that’s further ahead than I want to plan.