After a member of congress stated he was definitely accepting his pay check and caused media hysteria, What's your opinion on this? Do you think the 533 members Congress should still get paid, with salaries of 400K annually and up while most of Federal workers are being furloughed?
No, and the congressional members gym should also be closed, not just the one for their staffers. Some members of congress also live in their offices, you know like a big congressional housing project. Guess who covers rent and utilities?
Gyms for Congress Deemed ‘Essential,’ Remain Open During Shutdown
Head Start programs have been shuttered, small businesses can’t get loans and hundreds of thousands of federal government employees are furloughed. But the exclusive gyms available only to members of Congress have remained open throughout the shutdown.
A House aide confirmed to ThinkProgress that the House member’s gym is open. The House gym features a swimming pool, basketball courts, paddleball courts, a sauna, a steam room and flat screen TVs. While towel service is unavailable, taxpayers remain on the hook for cleaning and maintenance, which has been performed daily throughout the shutdown. There are also costs associated with the power required to heat the pools and keep the lights on.
According to the aide, the decision to keep the gym open – even while other critical government services were shelved — came directly from Speaker Boehner’s office. Meanwhile, the staff gym available to Congressional staff has been closed.
http://billmoyers.com/2013/10/08/gyms-f … -shutdown/
It seems the federal governments message to the American people is quite clear!
I'm a teacher. Many people in Congress like the idea of merit pay for teachers. I'm for merit pay for teachers as long as there is merit pay for people in Washington.
I guess that means that, no, I am not in favor of paying Congress when they accomplish little to nothing.
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