Guess whose salaries will NOT be sequestered? Yup. Congress.
Posted by Warm Southern Breeze on Monday, September 17, 2012
Congress sets Congressional salaries. Not voters. Why should there not be a mechanism to limit their ability to do so, and why should there not be a mechanism for determining how much they’re paid?
But the salaries of members of Congress? Their $174,000 annual take won’t be touched.
Because lawmakers couldn’t reach a deal to cut the nation’s $16 trillion debt, severe, across-the-board cuts will hit every corner of the federal government in early January.
But a little-known line in the Constitution means lawmakers’ salaries will be exempted from those looming cuts – even as their staffers take a hit to their pocketbooks.
The 27th Amendment prevents any increase or decrease to the salary of lawmakers until the start of the new Congress. And the so-called “sequester” is expected to come before the 113th Congress convenes.
Taxpayers are expected to pay about $103 million in salaries for House members and another $24 million in salaries for senators in fiscal year 2013.