Constitution Discussion, Part 38: Amendment XXVII

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Re: Constitution Discussion, Part 38: Amendment XXVII

Post by adciv » Thu Dec 27, 2007 9:00 pm

Side note, most congressmen are not rich. They have day jobs. For those who are, they usually decline their paycheck. Their paycheck is, as I understand it, paid by the state they represent and not the federal government.

Related: For some reason, the civil service always gets a larger pay increase than the military.
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Re: Constitution Discussion, Part 38: Amendment XXVII

Post by collegestudent22 » Thu Dec 27, 2007 9:06 pm

The civil service generally gets a larger increase in pay than the military because they do not have specialized benefits, such as the military's BAH (Basic Allowance for Housing) and the services provided by a military base are not all available to them.
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Re: Constitution Discussion, Part 38: Amendment XXVII

Post by adciv » Thu Dec 27, 2007 9:27 pm

That would merely explain being payed more than those in the military. Not why the increases, when compared percentage wise, are always larger.
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Re: Constitution Discussion, Part 38: Amendment XXVII

Post by Martin Blank » Tue Jan 01, 2008 4:56 am

adciv wrote:Side note, most congressmen are not rich. They have day jobs. For those who are, they usually decline their paycheck. Their paycheck is, as I understand it, paid by the state they represent and not the federal government.
Members of Congress are paid by the federal government. They make the following salaries:
  • General members: $165,200
  • Majority and Minority Leaders: $183,500
  • Senate President Pro Tempore: $183,500
  • Speaker of the House: $212,100
They also are eligible to participate in health insurance run by the federal government (most do, though at least a couple purchase their own insurance to keep gauge of the costs to common people) as well as pensions. Pensions typically are fairly small in comparison to the salaries (a few tens of thousand per year), due in part to the short time tables most people spend in Congress.
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Re: Constitution Discussion, Part 38: Amendment XXVII

Post by collegestudent22 » Tue Jan 01, 2008 8:45 am

adciv wrote:That would merely explain being payed more than those in the military. Not why the increases, when compared percentage wise, are always larger.
However, the benefits typically increase much more than the basic pay. For instance, while basic military pay will only increase today about 3.5%, the BAH average increases by 7.3%.
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Re: Constitution Discussion, Part 38: Amendment XXVII

Post by adciv » Tue Jan 01, 2008 5:22 pm

Which still doesn't make up for the difference in the increase and pay the civil service gets, and you only get the BAH if you live off base.
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