If Congress does not act on the sequester by March 1, automatic spending cuts will go into effect, and one of the things that will be affected will be Congressional salaries. House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi came out firmly opposed to cutting lawmakers’ pay, saying it would be beneath the dignity of members of Congress.
Pelosi told reporters on Thursday that allowing the automatic cuts should be “out of the question,” and responded to a question about whether members of Congress would be willing to accept a pay cut.
“I don’t think we should do it; I think we should respect the work we do. I think it’s necessary for us to have the dignity of the job that we have rewarded…
“”It’s a hard question to ask me because most of my colleagues are the breadwinners in their families. A pay cut to me doesn’t mean as much.”
Congressional salaries have been a sore point for some members of Congress over the past few years. Two years ago Republican congressman Sean Duffy was caught on tape complaining about how his salary is not big enough. In the first month of the 113th Congress, sixteen separate bills to reduce congressional salaries were introduced.
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