• Keyden Smith-Herold

Everyone Should Be Against the Proposed Congressional Pay Raise



Photo: Democratic House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer (D-MD) | Center for American Progress Action Fund

House Democratic leadership recently pulled consideration of a bill that included a pay raise for all members of Congress. Majority Leader Steny Hoyer (D-MD) stated that he would pull its consideration until Democrats adequately weigh the consequences of such legislation.

The proposed salary would be $178,700, a $4,700 increase. Many freshman and battleground district Democrats are against this proposed legislation, as they believe that voting to give themselves a raise would make their seats vulnerable in the 2020 election.

Republican Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy offered support for the proposed legislation stating: “I do not want Congress at the end of the day to only be a place that millionaires serve. This should be a body of the people and I think it's something that should be looked at.”

Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) stated that “voting against cost of living increases for members of Congress may sound nice but doing so only increases pressure on them to keep dark money loopholes open.” She also added that “all workers deserve cost of living increases, including minimum wage workers”.

Lawmakers supporting a Congressional pay increase are completely wrong. What significant legislation has Congress passed to better the lives of everyday Americans?

Republicans held the majority in both the House and Senate during the first two years of the Trump administration. What legislation did they pass to help this country?

First of all, Republicans failed to fund the border wall that Trump campaigned on. What ever happened to ‘Defund Planned Parenthood’, and ‘Repeal Obamacare’? Where was the legislation to protect the unborn? — especially laws protecting those already born?

It surely was not smart to bring about such legislation after the pro-abortion, anti-wall Democrats took back the House. Republicans squandered their time with the majority for months.

Congress should have passed legislation to help alleviate the opioid crisis in this country, fix our broken infrastructure, and help alleviate the current migrant crisis at our southern border. Worst of all, the budget needs to be balanced. Our county is severely in debt, and we need to address it. Kicking the can down the road is a horrific policy which will come back to bite us when we are not expecting it.

These are bipartisan solutions which should have been passed regardless of which party holds each chamber. Sure, House and Senate Republicans deserve credit for passing the Trump Tax Cuts— but that is insignificant compared to the vast concoction of problems America is going through right now.

The simple truth is that Congress does not deserve a pay raise. They have not shown the American people that they care about solving issues.

Just look at how Congressional Democrats used the bully pulpit the last two years— screaming and shouting about Mueller, Barr, how ‘horrible’ Trump is, impeachment, and ‘evil Republicans’. Are these signs of a bettering country— or a set of individuals who grandstand to get their few seconds of fame in front of the cameras? Republicans are not innocent of doing this either.

Americans need to wake up and realize that many in Congress are in it for themselves. There are many who truly care about their constituents and bettering this country, but the daily false outrage overshadows the potential success of the legislative branch.

Congress needs to get their act together to provide solutions for the American people. Credible legislation for all these issues has been proposed, but they get ignored while lawmakers divert the attention of the media and the American people.

Our founders have arguably created the best system of government ever created by man. It is up to the American people to elect lawmakers who will do their jobs and deliver for the great citizens of this country. Gridlock is good— it allows for debate and prevents for the passing of radical legislation. However, deadlock and diversion tactics are bad as they distract from passing solutions.

Please Congress, use this excellent system to the best of your ability. Your colleagues, the American people, and history will praise you. Once this happens, then we can discuss pay raises.

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Keyden Smith-Herold is the Founder and Editor-in-Chief of The Daily Analytical. Contact him: info@dailyanalytical.com