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Pelosi Gives Up on Pay Raise For Congress After Backlash

Democrats wanted to increase the already hefty annual salary for members of Congress.

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Democrats are poised to cave on a proposal to increase the annual salary for members of Congress.

House Democrats agreed Monday night to remove a provision from an upcoming government funding bill that would increase congressional salaries by $4,500. Members of Congress are already paid a generous $174,000, earning well above what the average American makes in a year.

A battle was set to emerge in the Democratic caucus over the proposed pay increase. Some Democrats in battleground states were opposed to the raise, seeing it as poor political optics, whereas other members of the House Majority were inclined to go ahead and help themselves to even more. Members of Congress are paid considerably more than even the most senior government employees.

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Steny Hoyer, the Democratic House Majority Leader, was quoted by Politico as stating that the pay raise provision is being pulled from the government appropriations package while Democrats hash out a consensus on the issue internally.

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Upstart New York Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez is thus far one of the few Democrats to go on record in support of the proposed pay raise, describing it as a necessary move to counteract the Congress-to-lobbyist pipeline. It’s unclear why the democratic socialist can’t find an alternative way to deter the influence of corrupt lobbyists without paying overpaid government employees even more money.

Many Democrats seem to genuinely believe they’re being underpaid and can’t afford to take up residence in the expensive Washington D.C area with their current income, despite being handed a large salary that many middle and working-class Americans would consider themselves immensely fortunate to receive.

It’s not entirely impossible that the few crucial Democrats opposed to the raise will take their commendable opposition to a congressional cash grab a step further- by announcing their support for a pay cut of the hefty and bloated annual $174,000 congressional salary.

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President Trump Calls for “New Mueller Report, Democrat Edition” After Sanders Nevada Win

Don’t worry, liberals- he’s just having a little fun.

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President Donald Trump suggested that former Department of Justice Special Counsel Robert Mueller be tasked with leading another probe into supposed Russian interference in American politics following Bernie Sanders’ resounding victory in Saturday’s Nevada caucus.

The President was clearly being coy in the Sunday tweet at Sanders’ expense.

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Sanders has been accused of being the beneficiary of Russian interference conspiracy plots in recent days, with anonymous U.S. intelligence community operatives planting a claim in the Washington Post that Putin bots are seeking to boost his campaign.

Leading Democratic operatives such as James Carville have been increasingly prone to leveling Russia conspiracy accusations against Sanders, unable to cope with his strong grip over the Democratic Party’s primary electorate.

The President did congratulate Sanders on his victory in the caucuses, a dominant win that appears to set the Vermont Democratic Socialist on a clear path to the Democratic nomination. Trump confirmed to press when boarding a Presidential helicopter Sunday that he expects Sanders to be the Democratic nominee, while holding out the possibility that the party establishment could find a way to cheat the socialist Senator out of the nomination.

If anything, Trump’s tongue-in-cheek suggestion of a second Mueller probe into Sanders shows he’s aware just how ridiculous the broader Russian interference conspiracy really is, whether it’s leveled against him or other populist political candidates such as Sanders.

This means the President could be gearing up to face Sanders in a presidential campaign that’s centered around actual issues that affect the lives of American voters, such as the economy, healthcare, immigration, and national security.

 

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