Having been assigned to Washington D.C.’s Capitol Hill for five years, I am not one whose blood pressure erupts with each annual pay raise for members of Congress. Nor am I impressed by the sanctimonious few who vote against accepting the money. The increase is governed by an annual cost of living adjustment, which is automatic unless voted down by the Congress — which is about as likely as suspension of the law of gravity.
Legislators deserve to get paid, if they earn it
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