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Rep. Alcee Hastings Complains Congress Isn’t Paid Enough


The median salary in the United States is around $50,000.  Apparently, Rep. Alcee Hastings (D-FL) has decided he can no longer live on three times that as he makes a mere $174,000 a year  as a sitting member of Congress.

“Members deserve to be paid, staff deserves to be paid and the cost of living here is causing serious problems for people who are not wealthy to serve in this institution,” the Florida Democrat said at a Rules Committee meeting, referring to the average member’s $174,000 annual salary. “We aren’t being paid properly,” he later added.

Most taxpayers, looking at their paychecks which pale in comparison to Rep. Hastings’s take home pay would agree Congress isn’t being paid properly.  They might look at the massive amounts taken out of their checks to pay Hastings’s massive salary and wonder why Congress is paid so much!

Hastings, on the other hand, did not offer a specific amount that would constitute a raise. He said he did not file an amendment on the appropriations bill to raise member pay because he knew it would not pass. But he did say, “The least we could have done for ourselves is to give us a tax credit.”

Washington’s expensive housing market was chief among Hastings’ concerns. He said he moved into a $2,100-per-month apartment in Senate Square, a luxury complex in Northeast D.C., but was eventually priced out, as the rent continued to increase.

Perhaps Hasting’s problem isn’t the size of his paycheck. Maybe his problem is he just doesn’t know how to budget. Based on his work record in Congress, its pretty clear spending within his means isn’t Rep. Hasting’s strong suit.

“This institution is heading towards elitism,” Hastings said. “And that’s crazy.” He said that members with children come to realize “that on the salary that they make, they’re going to be unable to send their children to college.”

In other words, members of Congress will have to live like the rest of America, the America they have plundered and sold down the river for years.

Update** — Minority Whip Steny Hoyer (D-MD) has leaped upon the Congresscritters are underpaid bandwagon.

“This will be the seventh year in a row that we have not done a cost-of-living adjustment. … I think it was appropriate at the time of the recession,” Hoyer said. “But to continue that on, we will dictate that the only people who can serve are the rich, and I don’t think that’s what the Founding Fathers had in mind.”

In most other circumstances, for example if he’s talking about raising taxes on the rich, someone who makes three times the median income would be considered rich by Hoyer. But since we’re now talking about his checkbook, rich becomes something much different.


  • steven

    What,no insider trades or pay off’s to make him millons?

  • donald540

    I think that our congressmen are PAID way TOO MUCH for the amount of time and energy they SEEM to be putting in to STOP Obama from controlling ALL of America with HIS unconstitutional or at least semi unconstitutional action seemingly AGAINST the WISHES of the PEOPLE of America.

    He has ALREADY BYPASSD congress for MOST of HIS AGENDA and IGNORED a LOT of LAWS and some of them HE made into LAWS.

    BUT those in OUR CONGRESS do NOT seem to have ANY BACKBONES to stand up to Obama and to reign him in and SHUT DOWN his unconstitutional actions that HE SWORE to uphold when he took office.

  • Richard Bagenstose

    must be nice to be able to give your self a raise when ever you want , i think people on ss should have the same right

  • Dan

    Let’s see based on the time they actually “work”? They’re OVERPAID!…. Don’t they take a “Spring Break”, 10 days off for Memorial Day weekend, Let’s not forget 4th of July, an August recess, Thanksgiving, Christmas / New Years break? About the only time they work is when they’re trying to get out of town for vacation and push bills through without knowing what’s in them…..

    • Mike N

      At least when they are not working they are not imposing more restrictions on business.

  • sherri palmer

    Congress is overpaid and has been for years, they only “work” parttime anyway!

    • Deepthink

      $174,000.00 that is 8 and 1/2 times what my salary is for one year…..and when I had children to raise and my salary was only $14,000.00 / year (that would be 12.42 times the amount I had to feed, clothe, and put through College. I think Congress gets paid way, way too much now!!

  • harpo49

    wow another stupid voice heard from

  • eagle keeper

    If I had performed my job as poorly as some of these politicians do, I would be kicking a can down the road every day. Not enough pay? They don’t deserve the pay they are getting now. If they were paid on performance of actually doing their jobs, they would owe the tax payers money. I call their activities p p p= piss poor performance. It’s a good thing I am not writing their performance report.

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