Make House Republicans middle class by paying them only for days they actually work
(via Make House Republicans middle class by paying them only for days they actually work)
Even though House Republicans are going to be in session for only 126 days in 2013, they are still demanding their full $174,000 salary.
Despite this being an off off year election, House Majority Leader Eric Cantor has announced that the House will only be in session for 126 days in 2013. The schedule is continuation of the two weeks off one week on schedule that the Republicans implemented when they gained the majority after the 2010 election. The Senate works the opposite schedule. The Senate schedule traditionally has been three weeks on and one week off per month. When the two schedules are examined side by side,it is easy to see why it takes so long to get anything done in Washington. The House has turned their schedule into an obstruction tactic. It is hard to make legislative progress when one body is MIA for two thirds of the year.
During the fight over the fiscal cliff House Republicans will talk how it is imperative that the nation slashes spending without raising tax, but the one thing they won’t mention is how they are adding to deficit by insisting on being paid when they aren’t working.
Members of the House are set to be paid $1,380.95 for each day when they are in session in 2013. If they were serious about reducing the deficit, one of the first things that they should do is prorate their pay so that their yearly compensation is based on only the days that they spent in session.
The House salary prorated over 365 days is $476.71. If we pay House members for only the days that they will be in full legislative session in 2013 ($476.71 X 126), their annual salary would drop to $60,065.46. This would net an average savings to the taxpayers of $113,954.13 per member. The total savings on House salaries per year would be over $49.5 million a year. Do this for ten years, and you will shave nearly half a billion dollars off the deficit.
GO TO YOUR LOCAL CONGRESSMAN/WOMAN’S OFFICE and demand they stay on the job and work……Push for “NO WORK, NO PAY”!
Taxpayers are paying House members to go out and beg for dollars from special interests.
If House Republicans are serious about cutting the deficit, they should do their part by offering to be paid only for the days when they are in session.
Let’s see how much House Republicans care about the middle class when they are earning middle class wages.
It bugs me when I see bad math on causes I generally support.
People, even legislators, should not be expected to work 365 days a year. 50 weeks at 5 days a week is 250 days. That’s a regular, middle class, 40 hour a week job with 2 weeks of vacation. Add in another 10 days of federal holidays and you’re at 240 days. That’s assuming normal vacation time and no bonuses due to seniority.
If you’re going to prorate a salary based on this logic, dock them for the 114 days missed, or 47.5% of their pre-tax pay, not for 239 days. That’s $82,650 a year - still substantial savings.
This may seem like a nitpick, but math errors call into question the credibility of any argument.