Remember the other day when Nancy Pelosi told us that a cut in Congress’ pay would “diminish our dignity”? And then her husband went on to explain that she really meant that it would hurt her staff, the little people, if Congress took a pay cut. Well, not surprisingly, according to the National Constitution Center, that’s total bullshit, too;
Included in the mandatory cuts are expenses the members of Congress use to hire and maintain their staffs. In all, the operational expenses for Congress add up to $133 million annually.
Staffers face 22 days of furloughs, which add up to about a 20 percent pay cut for them, and layoffs lurk as a possibility.
Unless, of course, you are an actual member of Congress. Your pay can’t be cut as part of the 2011 Budget Control Act.
Of course, there’s a legal reason, but, certainly not one Pelosi knows, or she would have used it instead of the blubbering bullshit she said. Congress can’t pass legislation which affects their current pay – but that’s bullshit, too, because it was the last Congress that passed the sequestration rules in 2011, so the last Congress could have made the cuts affect their pay during this session. But, I’m a non-attorney spokesperson. Or something.