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This first post is from RightMarch.com. It's to REPEAL automatic pay raises for Congress! This bill was introduced by a REPUBLICAN
Here is the link:http://capwiz.com/sicminc/issues/alert/?al...916&type=CO
ALERT: How would you like to get an automatic pay raise every year?
Congress does. In fact, after it became a requirement that Congress had to vote on giving themselves a pay raise, they realized that could upset taxpayers -- so they instituted a way to get around having to vote on it.
Now members of Congress receive automatic annual cost-of-living-adjustments (COLA). Of course, every other federal employee, military and civilian, also receive COLAs. However, members of Congress aren't like other workers, in that one hundred percent of their costs, both for employment and office expenses, are borne by the taxpayers -- YOU AND ME; and right now, only 14% of taxpayers think Congress is doing a good job in terms of solving the problems we sent them to Washington to fix.
Under the circumstances, if Congress truly believes they deserve a raise, then they have an obligation to stand before the American people -- in the full light of day -- and say to us, "I think I have earned a pay raise, and here's why." It's wrong for them to avoid the opportunity to debate and vote on their COLA through the Houdini-like parliamentary sleight of hand we witnessed on this year's Fiscal Year 2008 Financial Services Appropriations bill.
Thankfully, Rep. Dan Burton (R-IN) has introduced the "Members of Congress Personal Fiscal Responsibility Act" (H.R. 2916). H.R. 2916 is a stand-alone bill that eliminates the germaneness and point-of-order problems that interfere with bringing COLA amendments to Appropriations bill; and as such, would give Members the opportunity for straight up or down vote on the 2008 COLA.
It's time to STOP Congress from getting away with automatic pay raises, without having to vote on them and be held accountable by US -- the ones who PAY for it all!
TAKE ACTION: The 28th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, written by founding father James Madison, states, "No law, varying the compensation for the services of the Senators and Representatives, shall take effect, until an election of Representatives shall have intervened."
Members of Congress -- both Democrats AND Republicans -- are getting around the U.S. Constitution by playing parliamentary games with OUR money. The American people deserve a full and fair debate, and a straight up-or-down vote on the Congressional COLA.
H.R. 2916 is not an effort to criticize or demean the hard work of the good people who serve in Congress. Nor is it an effort to disparage the views of those on either side of the COLA debate. And this isn't about partisan attack politics. It's about showing respect to the people of this country who elected them in the first place.
It's time to stop the games and play straight with the American people. Click "(the link above" to send a FREE message to your Congressman, asking him or her to support H.R. 2916, the "Members of Congress Personal Fiscal Responsibility" Act.