Author Topic: Did congress just give themselves a raise in the ”stimulus” package?!?!?!?  (Read 930 times)

FrugalSaver

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You have to go be shittin me if true.

Anyone know for sure?


FINate

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False. https://www.factcheck.org/2020/03/false-claim-of-congressional-pay-raises-in-stimulus-bill/

This stuff is easy to fact check with a little bit of effort online.

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Also would be a violation of the 27th amendment to the Constitution, so Congress couldn't do that even if they passed such a law.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Twenty-seventh_Amendment_to_the_United_States_Constitution
« Last Edit: March 27, 2020, 08:30:08 PM by secondcor521 »

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Also would be a violation of the 27th amendment to the Constitution, so Congress couldn't do that even if they passed such a law.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Twenty-seventh_Amendment_to_the_United_States_Constitution

While technically true that they can't give "themselves" a raise, the reelection rate in Congress is so high it might as well be the same thing.

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Also would be a violation of the 27th amendment to the Constitution, so Congress couldn't do that even if they passed such a law.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Twenty-seventh_Amendment_to_the_United_States_Constitution

While technically true that they can't give "themselves" a raise, the reelection rate in Congress is so high it might as well be the same thing.

Right.  But I sincerely doubt Congress would try something that blatantly unconstitutional.  Maybe I'm naive.

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Congress also doesn't get special free health care.  They don't get paid their salary for life once they retire. They do have to pay into SS if elected after the early 1980s. They don't give themselves big raises nearly as often as people think.  Etc etc etc.

People believe all kinds of crazy stuff about Congress. And it's all very easy to fact-check.