Congressman says lawmakers don’t ‘earn’ their $174k salaries, opposes increase

Congressman says lawmakers don’t ‘earn’ their $174k salaries, opposes increase
Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-FL). NBC News video

[Ed. – An honest congressman? Is hell freezing over?]

Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-Fla.), a member of the House Budget Committee, told PJM that he would vote against a federal budget that raises pay for members of Congress.

Since 2009, congressional pay has been frozen at $174,000 annually. The $1 trillion fiscal 2020 budget currently under consideration in the House of Representatives would lift the freeze and result in a $4,500 salary increase. Gaetz said he would oppose the measure, noting that he had voted against some spending bills when the GOP had the House majority with former Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) as speaker.

“No, it’s not my view that members of Congress need to get a pay increase. I would like us to see an increase in the productivity of our work. Here, we, you know — I don’t think we earn the pay we get right now, frankly, so I would oppose that,” Gaetz said Wednesday on Capitol Hill.

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