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March 8th, 2013
10:35 AM ET

Congressional bonuses in a time of cuts

By Lisa Desjardins, CNN

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Editor's Note: Listen to the full story in our player above, and join the conversation in our comments section below.

Capitol Hill (CNN) – A CNN analysis of thousands of pages of Congressional expense reports shows that in the months leading up to the fiscal cliff (and potential, sharp budget cuts), nearly a quarter of the lawmakers in the House of Representatives gave their own office staff bonuses.

Click here to see the list of how much each member of Congress spent and which lawmakers gave their staff what appear to be bonuses.

That money is itemized as “Other Compensation” in the more than 2000-page report.

Only a handful of members of Congress gave us statements defending the bonuses last quarter.

Rep. Mike Thompson, D-CA, wrote, “have a hard working, dedicated team… and I want to pay a salary that reflects their service.”

He said he only gives bonuses if there is “money left over” at the end of the year.

Rep. Mario Diaz-Balart, R-FL, responded, "We have not had raises or bonuses in several years. The small compensation reflects an increased workload each person had to take on after our staff was downsized because of budgetary cuts."

Similarly, Rep. Dennis Ross, R-FL insisted that the bonuses allowed him to save money. “I believe performance-based pay is an important incentive in the workplace… Also, in the past year we’ve reduced our staff… The bonuses are to reward those remaining for taking on additional duties,” he said.

We went outside Congress to sort out whether the bonuses could be appropriate or not, whether it is something a business might do.

[2:33] “I’m not a big fan of anyone getting bonuses, when things aren’t going well…if we can’t balance a budget, we can’t even pass a budget, I don’t believe in people getting bonuses until things are right,” says Buck Hartzell, head of Investor Learning at Motley Fool.

At the Motley Fool, an investing and media company in Alexandria, Virginia, bonuses are part of the culture. Each employee can get several different bonuses depending on how they, their work group and the entire staff perform.

But Hartzell points out, that is only in successful times. At one point during the recession, there were no bonuses.

Listen to our story to hear how one small business owner looks at the Congressional bonuses and how she would handle a tight budget year.

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  1. JOE B

    IIt's sad that congress has no respect for the citizens but what is even worse is that people continue electing Republican and Democratic Political Party candidates. The real problem we know is the people of this country are at fault. They put these political parties in office and then complain because we are getting more of the same thing again and again. If you voted for Republican or Democratic Party candidates you have no right to complain about the way things are. You're to blame because you put them in office. There are many third party candidates running for office but you wouldn't vote for them. You wanted more corruption, cronyism, and treason like behavior. You got your wish.

    March 9, 2013 at 8:48 pm | Report abuse |
    • oldesalt

      You are absolutely correct.

      March 9, 2013 at 9:14 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Tiffani C

    Just remember there are many of us who are watching you in Congress, and taking notes of what you all are doing. It will not be a good year for those of you who are abusing the beaten down, and come election time, you will be gone and I can't wait!

    March 9, 2013 at 8:47 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Mark Meyer

    I am sure that like many government employees, these people work very hard. I do think it was insensitive of these members of Congress to give bonuses when they knew the sequestor was coming and they had no plans to do anything about it.

    I also strongly believe two things: That Congress should be getting a pay cut for lack of performance and that we really need term limits in the House and Senate.

    We have too many professional politicians that have been so far removed from everyday life of working families, they do not realize or care about the impact of their failures. They are much more worried about get elected again. From day one of taking office, they start working on the next election.

    If we only allowed them to have 3 terms in the House and 2 terms in the Senate, we would have people that knew they had a limited amount of time to get anything done. This would not only motivate them, but it would also lessen the power of large donations to their campaigns.

    We would also have to put in place a law to stop them from coming right back as lobbyist. For instance: if you have just left office, you must wait 5 years to be a lobbyist. We need to stop the "professionals" from running our country into the ground with no recourse.

    Term limits have worked very well for the White House for over 60 years now and would work even better for the House and Senate. People would be more willing to serve if they thought they could make a difference without having to give up their businesses to do so. Since they could not stay forever, they would have an entirely different attitude about it.

    People said that it would be a disaster for term limits for the White House. That we would not get any good people into office and many other things along the same line. Well it hasn't. It has stopped us from having dynasties for the most part similar to Putin in Russia and others like him. Their power would be limited and the system would work better for it.

    March 9, 2013 at 8:44 pm | Report abuse |
    • oldesalt

      Along with term limits the people must also end this rediculous policy of providing congressmen/women with lifetime pensions equal to their congessional pay. Can you imagine how many of these pensions would have to be paid out with term limits.

      March 9, 2013 at 9:21 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Ron Rizzardi

    I'm all for paying people based on merit. But in times of belt tightening if the feds are trying to save money by laying people off, turning around and spending the savings on those left over still leaves you with no savings at the end of the day.

    March 9, 2013 at 8:43 pm | Report abuse |
  5. liars

    WTF – This lying administration is PATHETIC.

    March 9, 2013 at 8:43 pm | Report abuse |
    • Arrakis

      This article is about Congress, not the administration.

      March 9, 2013 at 8:50 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Greg

    This is why people get into politics. It's not to serve the country, it's to serve themselves. They don't care about you and I. They care about the pension, the salary and free healthcare. Any politician who claims they care about the Constitution is a liar. i don't care what your party affiliation is, democrat, republican, teabagger etc. Not one of them care about you. Look at records and not speeches. Oooohhh, Rand Paul talked for 13 hours. He's a real American. Look at his voting record and some of the dumb crap he's said. He needs to go back to pulling teeth instead of our leg.

    March 9, 2013 at 8:33 pm | Report abuse |
  7. calvin

    "Rep. Dennis Ross, R-FL... “I believe performance-based pay is an important incentive in the workplace".
    I guess this means our representatives in Congress and Senate should have a pay cut if it's based on performance.
    These bonuses are an OUTRAGE !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    March 9, 2013 at 8:32 pm | Report abuse |
  8. XXxxMacleodxxXX

    rot and die in a shallow ditch you filthy leeches sucking air from the human race....may you and your families be wiped from this Earth by a plague unfathomable by man

    March 9, 2013 at 8:22 pm | Report abuse |
  9. krehator

    The military is getting cut. Soldiers have lost their Tuition Assistance. Even the DoD schools are getting cut down to janitors twice a month, so military children can live in filth.

    Fed employees are losing jobs and money. Everyone else is going broke.

    YET.......Congress always finds enough for itself.

    March 9, 2013 at 8:06 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Robby

    I think it is fine that the staff get bonuses because they actually do a lot of the hard work, however the congressmen/women themselves should not b/c they haven't come up with solutions for the hardest problems.

    March 9, 2013 at 8:04 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mark

      Are you out of your tree? Instead of giving bonuses, give that money back to the Treasury so that it can be used to pay down the deficit. It may not be much, but while over 800,000 DOD civiliain workers are about to lose a day of pay a week, no way, no how should congressional employees be getting bonuses. Once we get out of this mess we are in, then fine, but not now. Once again, this is irresponsible behavior by our elected officials.. It's just sickening..

      March 9, 2013 at 8:23 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Homer10

    Hay Congressmen. Voting on your own raises is a conflict of interest. There are laws against that. Maybe we need a constitutional amendment the requite Congress to get a vote of the people before they can raise their own pay. In California when there is no budget, the state congress doesn't get paid, and forfeit their pay until there is a budget. Guess what, the last two years we have had a budget on time (Amazing). The United States congress needs the same law. I bet there would be a budget real quick.

    March 9, 2013 at 7:59 pm | Report abuse |
    • Tiffani C

      I totaly agree. You don't pass the budget, you don't get paid! BTW, take a 10% cut like the rest of America has to!!

      March 9, 2013 at 8:20 pm | Report abuse |
    • jasonmooncnn

      Thanks for your comment, Homer10.

      It's not actually a conflict of interest for congress to vote on its own raises. In fact, they're required by law to set their own salary.

      Now, if they vote on a raise and it passes, it doesn't necessarily mean they get it. The raise won't go into effect until after the next Congressional election. So, in essence, we already have what you propose. Ff you don't want your congressman to receive a raise, you can vote him out of office before the raise goes into effect.

      Now this story is about staffers. Their salaries are not subject to that same constitutionally mandated delay.

      March 10, 2013 at 1:47 am | Report abuse |
  12. timelord7202

    Nobody minds when CEOs get bonuses for gutting the company, or after a bad year, or getting TARP or any other bailout (on top of the usual taxpayer-funded corporate welfare...)

    So why should people gripe about congress?

    March 9, 2013 at 7:54 pm | Report abuse |
    • krehator

      They mind, and complain about it often. Hard to do anything when the crooks are in the govt and the board rooms.

      March 9, 2013 at 8:08 pm | Report abuse |
  13. dat

    Not there money to give

    March 9, 2013 at 7:53 pm | Report abuse |
  14. reader10

    I did't know that congress is making profit.
    I only get a bonus when my company is making a profit.
    They must be making a lot of money getting votes.

    March 9, 2013 at 7:44 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jeanette Lopez

      Boy, Congress doesn't miss a beat when it comes to giving themselves money; raises, bonus' etc. But they sure don't see to care about the American people when they don't stick around to work on the budget and when medicare and SS and government jobs are at stake, among other things. I believe we should make a smaller government by eliminating congress all together or limiting their time in office to max 8 years. Getting fresh new blood in there would only be fair, such is the Presidency, just being a Governer, so on and so forth.

      March 9, 2013 at 8:00 pm | Report abuse |
  15. brown

    Keep on re-electing them ....

    hahahahahahaha!

    March 9, 2013 at 7:36 pm | Report abuse |
  16. korkea aika

    $1.4MM for Michelle Bachmann! Wow! A worse investment than the Iraq war!!!

    March 9, 2013 at 7:33 pm | Report abuse |
    • XXxxMacleodxxXX

      meanwhile you, your spouse, and children couldn't even dream about making this amount in a lifetime of slavery

      March 9, 2013 at 8:26 pm | Report abuse |
  17. Jonus Grumby

    In the meantime a couple of friends of mine will receive a 46% pay cut next month.

    March 9, 2013 at 7:32 pm | Report abuse |
  18. Jonus Grumby

    Money left over should be given back to the taxpayers. See, that's not so hard, is it?

    March 9, 2013 at 7:30 pm | Report abuse |
  19. Jim P

    Instead of everyone writing there comments here, wasting there time, Pick up the phone and call these clowns. A call to the perpetrators makes a much bigger impact than voiceless comment after a news story. These comments may make you feel better but are of little use!

    March 9, 2013 at 7:23 pm | Report abuse |
    • CD

      Yes. Congressmen all receive more than a living wage. They do NOT need bonuses on top of that.

      March 9, 2013 at 7:31 pm | Report abuse |
    • XXxxMacleodxxXX

      screw calling them....go to their office...spit at them....curse them and their first born.....they are thieves and murderers

      March 9, 2013 at 8:27 pm | Report abuse |
  20. Not happy with washington

    Business as usual in Washington!!!
    Let them eat cake while we live off the fat of the land.
    The real problems in this country are rooted in Congress.

    March 9, 2013 at 7:21 pm | Report abuse |
    • Tiffani Cassidy

      Un freakenbelievable!!! My husband hasn't gotten a raise in two years working at the VA...has taken up extra work load because they won't hire new employees, yet these fat cats get bonuses?? This is nuts!!

      March 9, 2013 at 8:01 pm | Report abuse |
  21. Chili

    The most disturbing comment in the article to me was "money left over". Like they have to spend it all, what ever happened to being frugal with money, specially other peoples money. Typical politicians, spending every dime they get and more.

    March 9, 2013 at 7:14 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jonus Grumby

      Exactly right. They think it's their to do with as they see fit.

      March 9, 2013 at 7:31 pm | Report abuse |
  22. Virginia BenSalem

    Public servants should not get a bonus for doing their job. Working hard, taking on extra work, more hours..... its called life. Handing out bonuses confirms you are out of touch with reality!

    March 9, 2013 at 7:12 pm | Report abuse |
  23. Dee

    This their idea of, "Let them eat cake!" ???

    March 9, 2013 at 7:01 pm | Report abuse |
  24. taxweary1

    the president responded to this from hawaii the 4th time this tear that this spending is not being responsible and must stop! no more comments from the 4th hole!

    March 9, 2013 at 6:51 pm | Report abuse |
  25. HolyChrist

    NO! No no no no no! NOOOOOOO!

    March 9, 2013 at 6:47 pm | Report abuse |
  26. CONgress of CONmen

    They're all scum.

    March 9, 2013 at 6:38 pm | Report abuse |
  27. DaveB

    So, they give their staff bonuses, while in the most underhanded way, the Army cut out the Tuition Assistance program, with less than 1 days notice. A program that helps 201,000 Soldiers get an education while at the same time serving their country. This has just left 1/5 of the Army stranded, in educational limbo. How much did it save? The same amount of money we just sent to the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt. 2/3rds of the cost of a single F35 fighter plane (which nobody wants or needs). Yep, even though over 200,000 soldiers use this, thousands structured their contracts to use TA, they are now screwed, with no notice. Just "too bad". Sign our petition to bring this vital program back!

    https://www.change.org/petitions/secretary-of-the-army-john-mchugh-restore-and-modify-tuition-assistance-for-the-army

    March 9, 2013 at 6:24 pm | Report abuse |
  28. KellyF

    Just when you think these scumbags couldnt get any lower, they manage to get a little further under the manure pile.

    March 9, 2013 at 6:21 pm | Report abuse |
    • Lee S. Downie

      Never, never underestimate their ability to do just this!

      March 9, 2013 at 8:16 pm | Report abuse |
  29. ROSE KING

    As more and more people realize exactly what is going on, and why there is this mad rush to have gun control in the face of it being anti-constitutional and un-American, the real criminals are being exposed at the top of the corrupted ladder. Look at how they profit from everyone's suffering.

    Please take some time to read this very informative and educational report. At the end it offers valid and real answers to the real problems America has. Let there be no differences between neighbors and country folks. We are all Americans and we all value our freedoms and liberty. If we all can easily and plainly see who and what the real enemy is, then maybe our leadership can also pick up on and use these answers to save the country. We can ALL come together for the sake of America.

    Pass this on to all your friends, neighbors, and email lists. Everyone has a right to know who and what is Killing America.

    http://www.veteranstoday.com/2013/03/07/killing-america/

    March 9, 2013 at 6:16 pm | Report abuse |
  30. jpschill

    I would love to have a pay raise or a bonus.. but wait my schools district can afford it, due to the loss of 20% of funding from the federal government.. but then I guess as a middle school teacher, I do not work hard as these staffers do.

    March 9, 2013 at 5:56 pm | Report abuse |
  31. t. dean

    What a joke! These are the guys that cannot compromise and now are giving our money away, they should be all whipped! All given 50 lashes and thrown out of there job. While all of us citizens are living on less money now that these guys cannot make up their minds about how money should be cut or spent they are all living off of our money and now they are giving it away? Revolution is needed to get these crooks out of office and get some people that will actually work for us and not themselves, like I said they all should be out of a job!

    March 9, 2013 at 5:44 pm | Report abuse |
  32. Duke

    list? you should not need a list.

    a quadruple amputee can count the honest upright politicians on all his remaining digits – (zero digits remaining, if you're good at math)

    we're continuing to build bridges to nowhere.
    but laying off workers
    the Pentagon can not account for 10% or 30% (depends on report) of the money they spent
    but we're terminating tuition assistance to military personnel
    to save money, we're cancelling White House tours led by $150,00/year tour guides
    and cutting on Meal-on-Wheels to shut in elders.

    there's really no need of any kind of a list – send any and all politicians looking for a job.
    they spend 50% of their term campaigning for re-election.
    how about a term limit: one term. then they could spend 100% of their time working.
    and the tax payers would not have to put out trillions of bucks per year on worthless politicians who served two terms and thence "earned" a pension living for life.

    public service "does not pay?" one needs to check the facts.

    March 9, 2013 at 3:48 pm | Report abuse |
    • simon

      on the SAME DAY that the army says it is cutting the tuition assistance program back....

      what a joke of a system, you think the republicans would do it any different?

      March 9, 2013 at 5:13 pm | Report abuse |
  33. paul nadeau

    Left or right, D or R, we, the middle class, are being screwed again and again. The alternative seems to be getting screwed harder.

    March 9, 2013 at 2:14 pm | Report abuse |
  34. brown

    hahahaha!

    KEEP ON RE-ELECTING THEM !!!

    March 9, 2013 at 2:02 pm | Report abuse |
  35. InDisbelief

    Silence: If staffers get a bonus, they WILL in fact, get more money.

    IMO, if you have managed to get by on LESS money because you managed your budget well, then that money SHOULD be returned. Its THE RIGHT THING TO DO!

    Some of us are doing the job of 2-3 people due to the freeze. NO pay increases, due to the freeze, NO bonuses, due to the freeze and we have to make do with less supplies.

    NOW we are getting 20% of our pay taken away from us, and they expect us to continue doing the SAME AMOUNT OF WORK in LESS time, while Congress rewards their staff with bonuses that I have managed to see, which are MORE than I make in salary a YEAR!

    If you were in my shoes, you might not be so defensive.....but I suspect maybe YOU managed to get a bonus therefore your spin on this is much different than mine!

    I also take issue with the money we are sending to other Countries. We need to take care of our OWN first, balance that Budget and for once, let other Countries fend for themselves!

    March 9, 2013 at 11:24 am | Report abuse |
    • Lisa Desjardins, CNN

      Hey there Disbelief (and also taxpayinghorse and other federal workers), can we e-mail about this more? I'm working on sequester stories. My e-mail is my firstname.lastname@cnn.com

      March 9, 2013 at 1:19 pm | Report abuse |
      • Bueller

        This is an inflammatory and inaccurate article. Look at how it stirred up the folks who don't fully understand the process, making them angry at their government more – and unnecessarily.

        Why are you against America? And why would you think that people would want to trust you to write more on the topic?

        March 9, 2013 at 2:57 pm | Report abuse |
    • TAMMYJAMES

      in their defense....they made this decision while being hidden away so no irrate americans doing without health care or other essencasl could get at them...pretty smart if you ask me........

      March 9, 2013 at 1:56 pm | Report abuse |
    • The Truth

      I was an employee of the Federal Government for 11 years. I can safely say, until you get a job outside the government you will never know how little work and overpaid you are. Time to trim the fat, keep on cutting until the government spends no more than what it takes in.

      March 9, 2013 at 3:18 pm | Report abuse |
      • big b

        I worked in the private sector until I was 31. One of my first jobs with the corps was to remove dead bodies in cemetaries with a shovel for 25 bucks a grave. Pretty cushy, huh?? I was overpaid huh. Don't group all federal employees together based on your experiance.

        March 9, 2013 at 4:51 pm | Report abuse |
      • miic

        don't lump all federal workers as the same. Some of us for 30 + years have been working hard. Maybe you didn't but I have a full staff that does. I think it is disgusting that we get cut but yet congressional staff gets raises.

        March 9, 2013 at 5:41 pm | Report abuse |
  36. dave

    So they give bonuses to their staffs because they work hard and deserve it. Then turn around and let the sequester go into effect and put thousands of hardworking Americans out of work. This is dumb as the president says. They are so out of touch with "normal" people.

    March 9, 2013 at 6:37 am | Report abuse |
    • InDisbelief

      Dave – MOST of the people in Congress earn a 6 figure income. Trust me, they don't care about anyone but themselves.

      They COULD easily take a 20% cut in pay THEMSELVES, and it wouldn't hurt them one iota, its PENNIES to them!

      But, greedy IS as greedy DOES. They'd MUCH rather have federal employees, (some of who are making LESS than $50,000 a year) lose 20% of THEIR pay, suffer through hiring freezes as they now do the job of 2-3 people while THEY live high off the hog and give their staffers bonuses that are MORE than some of us federal employees make in a year!

      March 9, 2013 at 11:32 am | Report abuse |
  37. Corncop

    Think they should cut their budget by 33% across the board. Instead of lavishing all this on Congressional staff, maybe Federal employees could get a little bitty raise? And maybe some kind of relief for us retired civil servants? My take home has decreased for several years, but everything else has gone up. Even though I had calculated and estimated made some estimated payments, I owe additional federal income taxes for the first time in 20 or 30 years! I thought I had put in my time, saved, invested wisely, and prepared properly, but now I find that I might just have to go back to work again. Not my ideal retirement plan! Anybody have a job for a retired federal investigator?

    March 9, 2013 at 6:10 am | Report abuse |
    • snowdogg

      agree

      March 9, 2013 at 8:30 am | Report abuse |
    • InDisbelief

      I'm sorry that's happening to you. Be prepared for even BIGGER cuts. From what I saw, they plan to REFORM Federal Retirement Programs, which probably means LESS money for those already living on a FIXED INCOME.

      Maybe someone can hire you to investigate THESE clowns....and make them pay back some of THEIR pay for NOT doing their jobs? Doesn't that come under the heading of FRAUD, WASTE, and ABUSE?

      March 9, 2013 at 11:36 am | Report abuse |
  38. Augustus

    In military units, if you do not spend all your alloted money you get less next year. So at the end of each fiscal year, units scramble to spend every – last – penny so their budget wont get cut. Maybe Congress has similar policies and uses bonuses to spend the last of their annual budget.

    March 9, 2013 at 6:07 am | Report abuse |
    • Lisa Desjardins, CNN

      Hi Augustus, It's a good thought and you're right, that's how much of government operates. Gut in the case of Congress each office budget is locked in by a formula (that factors in how far it is to the district, the average rent for a district office, etc.), so they do not have to spend the money in order to get the same budget next year. Also, each Congressman has the option of returning unspent money to the Speakers office or to the Treasury to help pay down the national debt.

      Last quarter five members gave about $24,000 total of their office budgets to pay down the debt.

      March 9, 2013 at 8:05 am | Report abuse |
      • Rand Paul

        Someone gave back 600k

        March 9, 2013 at 11:06 am | Report abuse |
        • InDisbelief

          KUDOS to the one that gave back that 600K.

          We have had 30% cuts for all our supply budget. When things get better, those budgets can be increased.

          HOW do you justify giving $250 Million to Egypt, $60 Million to Syria, a 2 yr pay freeze for Federal Employees, BUT a bonus to Congressional staffers that is more than some Federal Employees make in a YEAR?

          If I ran MY household the way the government runs the government, I'd be broke too!

          Most of those in Congress make 6 figure incomes. Would it kill them to take 22 days out of THEIR salary instead? You'd be trimming off a BIGGER chunk of money, and they probably wouldn't even feel the cut with a 6 figure income!

          Is there NO common sense being utilized in Congress? Common sense would be to take those 22 days from the BIGGEST wage earners.

          You want us to increase spending in the economy when many of us may not even be able to make our mortgage payments with these cuts?

          Good Lord, I could do a better job than those in office as far as making cuts goes.

          March 9, 2013 at 11:49 am | Report abuse |
  39. taxpayinghorse

    This makes me mad as hell. I am one of the government workers getting furloughed! I am losing almost $500 a month and may even lose my home that I have paid on for 16 years. How can you fight these scum when they know if they are not re-elected they will then work to pedder their influence as lobbyiest. It is a no win situation for the little guy that has worked hard all his/her life and played by the rules when going up against the scum bags in office. Something has got to give.

    March 9, 2013 at 5:56 am | Report abuse |
    • dave

      Unfortunately you are one of the americans who doesn't matter to our "elected" officials. Who are these guys pandering to?

      March 9, 2013 at 6:39 am | Report abuse |
    • InDisbelief

      Those on the Hill don't care. They count their 6 figure incomes instead of sheep to get to sleep at night and I am sure they sleep VERY WELL.

      Who are they pandering to? Maybe Egypt & Syria, since they just sent a combined $315 MILLION to them?

      $315 MILLION to 2 foreign countries, while Federal Employees & Americans are told to BEND OVER & GRAB THEIR ANKLES, yet again!

      Something is DEFINITELY wrong with those running America!

      March 9, 2013 at 11:57 am | Report abuse |
    • Ironhorse

      When these heros do not get elected to an additional term in congress, they still get a pension for the rest of their lives, even if they only served 4 years. Their pension is more then my pension, and I served 22 years in the Army on active duty. Goes to show that the Rich take care of themselves and the Poor will always be just that,..... Poor.

      March 9, 2013 at 5:47 pm | Report abuse |
  40. Jerry

    Just my opinion, but I think the individuals in the House of Representatives should be paying the taxpayers for the absolute absuridity that has been going on for the last 4 years or so. They should be on a profit sharing plan, (however this country does, their salaries (Assumijng they should even get paid) and budgets should reflect the hardships that the tax payers have experienced as well).
    I have seen speedbumps that have been as effective and get paid much less. I would be ashamed to be associated with any of the individuals in the House of Representatives in any way, shape or form. I can only hope some day they realize that they are "Americans" Rather than Speedbumps/Republicans.

    March 9, 2013 at 5:27 am | Report abuse |
    • john

      You had a good comment going until you singled out the Republicans. BOTH parties are equally useless when it comes to accomplishing anything.

      March 9, 2013 at 6:44 am | Report abuse |
  41. Ezra Divelbliss

    So each congressman gets to spend about $1.3 million a year on staff and office? I've been asleep way too long.. Our Federal Government is out of control, no question, if it takes that much to operate a congressman's office. I guess it has been out of control for years and the only way to fix it is with laws like the sequester? I believe in pay for performance, have been paid that way all my life. It's time our government adopted that same compensation philosophy.. It's no wonder these people are frozen in place, afraid to act.. With that much money and all the other perks of the office, those seats are more valuable than Fort Knox.. Term limits, accountability and personal responsibility are in order, but those that get to make their own rules will never relinguish these perks. Time for some consititutional amendments designed to clean house and keep it clean, and to strengthen our liberties which are being taken away at every turn by those we have elected. The article may be sensational but it opened my eyes to more of the theft in government. Keep up the reporting CNN, we the people need the facts shoved in our faces so we will see them and appropriately react.. Ignore politics today at your peril those that don't vote or participate. That's about half the eligible voters or more in the off year elections.. Ostriches get eaten every day while they stick their heads in the sand, he he he..

    March 9, 2013 at 5:25 am | Report abuse |
  42. Confused

    I was under the impression that there was no longer a draft, in the military, or congressional or senatorial staffs, or federal employment. If you individuals are so unhappy with the salary and benefits, we the people are providing you via our tax dollar donations, I suggest you find a private sector job that fulfills your financial and philosophical requirements and see what we deal with on a daily basis.

    March 9, 2013 at 4:48 am | Report abuse |
    • H

      this is an outrage obama forlughs 60,000 border troops after he started the sequester and yes it was obama that pushed through the sequester becuase he wanted even more taxes after he just passed the bigget tax increase in his presidency two months ago and republicans said no and im glad they did the so called loopholes obama speaks of are not loopholes at all its credits he wants to get rid of like the child tax credit the chartiable donations credit the mortgage credit so be carful what you ask for becuase it effects all of us not just rich or poor we are all americans and should be uniting against the obama regime.

      March 9, 2013 at 5:28 am | Report abuse |
      • obama

        haha. wow are you delusional.

        March 9, 2013 at 6:11 am | Report abuse |
      • Bueller

        You should probably buy a few more guns, stock up on canned goods, and hide in your basement until the regime change. In four years, peaceably, the way things go in America.

        You want violent overthrow? Move to another country; you're not wanted here.

        March 9, 2013 at 2:59 pm | Report abuse |
        • dnc

          .... and how did you get all that out of what H said? I guess that's how novels and rumors are started....

          March 9, 2013 at 7:36 pm | Report abuse |
      • marty rogers

        we all now darn well that the origins of the sequester date to the republicans holding the country hostage over the debt ceiling and leaders of both parties coming up with this plan that would force unpalatable cuts to both parties to force a budget deal and prevent a crisis. Obviously that didn't work. As to taxes, the taxes that EXPIRED in 2012 were not a tax hike. They returned for those making over 450,000 a year to what they used to be!, Obama, if you recall, much to the dismay of his own party had agree to extend them in 2009 as show of good faith; that was never a compromise by the republicans. Please educate yourself and look back at the tax rates on millionaires in the prosperous 1950's. 94% yes 94% and they kick and scream now if they have to pay over 14% while enjoying tax deductions (such as business entertainment for yachts and private airplanes and even hookers) while the average person cannot even write off the gas they use to drive to work.

        March 9, 2013 at 7:32 pm | Report abuse |
      • marty rogers

        I just realize that among your many lies , you claim Obama wanted to get rid of loopholes that benefits the middle class? does that ring true to anybody? might it not be more likely that he is referring to tax loopholes on multimillion dollar companies like oil companies and on millionaires like business entertainment expenses such as yachts, parties, travels and even escort services. party is over my friend, the jig is up!

        March 9, 2013 at 7:35 pm | Report abuse |
    • marty rogers

      where do you get off trashing federal workers you know nothing about except what fox news wants you to believe so corporations can do away with inspections and regulations? I used to work for the gov now in private sector and I saw people working longer hours in gov with no fan fare than in private sector where most of my peers were in the internet all day. What is worst, federal employees have to listen to politicians insult their service, threaten their jobs or pay every year around budget time, not to mention worrying about stoppage or furloughs. Where I worked, the people there war among the top of their fields around the world and would get a job in private sector with their eyes close for a lot more money but wanted the freedom to do their research on topics not necessarily profitable but important to human health,, no company or pharma would be interested in working on, like rare diseases. So shut up your ignorant mouth because these people, many getting furlough are not getting paid for free. They are working tirelessly to develop new therapies all the while hearing ignorant corporate puppet talk about how they are lazy and overpaid.

      March 9, 2013 at 7:26 pm | Report abuse |
      • dnc

        Your remarks would have more merit with proper grammar and spelling.... Isn't that a requirement for a government job?

        March 9, 2013 at 7:40 pm | Report abuse |
  43. SP

    Why focus on measly $10-20k bonuses when Wall St is acting like it's 2006 and paying out MULTI-MILLION $$ bonuses. Wall St created this mess, but most on the street are richer today than 4 years ago! If only we could extract a fraction of a penny for each share that changes hand on Wall St. (a meager trading tax)... then we'd have an amazing source of revenue + stock manipulation to keep the rich richer would become more difficult. Imagine if those making $10MM+ on the Street actually had to work??

    March 9, 2013 at 4:19 am | Report abuse |
  44. Woodbeans

    Who's running this country anyway? Marie Antoinette and Louis XVI? We all know what happened to them. History always repeats itself.

    March 9, 2013 at 3:29 am | Report abuse |
    • MoMO

      note really.........the dark age did not repeat itself nor did the empires.

      March 9, 2013 at 3:44 am | Report abuse |
      • Augustus

        The Roman Empire is repeating itself right now in America. And it will collapse due to internal corruption, just like the last time.

        March 9, 2013 at 6:03 am | Report abuse |
  45. Mike

    Rep. Thompson, How is it leftover money if all the money is going to have to be paid back by our great grandchildren?

    March 9, 2013 at 2:58 am | Report abuse |
  46. Bob

    I look at it this way. Members of Congress are doing very well financially, as are the people who put them in office, so why shouldn't they give their hired help bonuses? I mean, it isn't like they are spending their own money or anything. Taxpayers (you know, people who actually have to work for a living) are picking up the tab, so what's the problem here? In fact, if Congress would hand out bonuses to everyone, and grant everyone the kind of government funded health care and retirement plans that they get we could probably wipe out poverty in no time.

    March 9, 2013 at 1:44 am | Report abuse |
  47. Bob

    Money left over at the end of the year? Left over from what?

    March 9, 2013 at 1:34 am | Report abuse |
  48. Michael S.

    I do not really care that they pay their staff. Those staff people are usually at least trying to do a little work and are seldom going to see big hand-outs from the lobbyists. The scum that they work for are a totally different matter. A Do Nothing Congress should be a Paid Nothing Congress – NOTHING for nothing. All they deserve now is to be audited by the IRS and made to justify each and every penny they touch.

    March 9, 2013 at 1:28 am | Report abuse |
  49. Marshall

    our country is a joke....DC and the USG are nothing but crooks......all of them. The vast majority of GS workers I have met over the years are lazy and useless.

    March 9, 2013 at 1:04 am | Report abuse |
    • taxpayinghorse

      I am one of those GS workers you speak of with contempt. I'd like to see how you handle working in a Federal Prison with some of the most dangerous criminals in the world. Let see how you deal with a guy that saves his feeces and urine mixes some broken glass in it and when he throws it in your face you go to wipe it away, only to embed the glass and fluid into your broken skin. This inmate very likely has HIV and/or Heptitus from his days of drug use and premisous sexual behavior. I invite you to do what I do and call me "lazy" and "sorry".

      March 9, 2013 at 6:04 am | Report abuse |
    • Brian

      I am also one of those GS employees you speak of. Working at one of the busiest federal fire departments stateside, I have run into more burning houses and given CPR more times than I care to count. The vast majority in the GS system are blue collar like myself who often finding themselves working off the clock just to make sure things get done, and done right.

      March 9, 2013 at 10:30 am | Report abuse |
    • InDisbelief

      @Marshall: Freedom comes at a price that the PROTECTED will never know.

      Not ALL GS workers are lazy. Some of us are in a position where we are doing the job of more than one person.

      Your *LAZY* remark can be said about people NOT under the GS Pay Series.

      Many of our Soldiers are GS workers, they put THEIR lives on the line for Americans everywhere, I'm sure they feel better knowing what you think of them & their sacrifice for you!

      March 9, 2013 at 12:25 pm | Report abuse |
  50. easchner

    "I believe performance-based pay is an important incentive in the workplace" – Dennis Ross

    I whole heartedly agree. Which is why I've been saying for years that Congress' pay should be set to the American median. Take what they make now, double it, and subtract that medium. That is their maximum bonus potential. Base it off of deficit / surplus spending, unemployment percentage, and of course customer satisfaction. In my job, if my customers aren't satisfied, I'm not getting a bonus. So I ensure that my customers love me.

    March 9, 2013 at 12:55 am | Report abuse |
  51. JP

    What you people don't realize is that most hill staffers are overworked and underpayed. My wife works on the hill, works 60 hours a week, and makes about $34,000. This is not even taking into account the fact that we live in the DC metropolitan area, where the cost of living is exorbitantly higher than most other areas of the country. Her bonus last year was $2,000, putting her annual salary at a whopping $36,000. Before you people all get your panties in a bunch, stop and think for a minute. If you think my wife, who makes $36,000 a year, working 60 hours a week, in one of the most expensive cities in the country, is overpaid, then you are off your rocker.

    March 9, 2013 at 12:28 am | Report abuse |
    • Jose

      Shame on CNN for deceiving reporting.

      March 9, 2013 at 12:42 am | Report abuse |
    • J

      Well JP my husband also works long hours for our government and doesn't get paid overtime. He also makes a low salary with a master's degree. He will be furlough at a cost of 20% to our income. We lived in DC and yes it is expernsive to live there, but does that mean that while the government is cutting 20% for 800,000 workers your wife and many other workers for congress should be getting bonuses? How about the money they have left over goes back into the budget so others can not get furloughed or lose their jobs all together.

      March 9, 2013 at 12:42 am | Report abuse |
      • JP

        Congressional offices are given a fixed budget per year. In order to be fiscally responsible, most offices keep staff salaries low, and if, at the end of the year, the offices have a bit of leftover money, they pay it out to the staffers. To say that my wife's "salary" of $36,000 a year is fiscal irresponsibility and "overpayment" of congressional staff is absurd. Congress isn't paying "bonuses" now. "Bonuses" are paid at the end of the year, so my wife's "bonus" was paid in December, before the sequester and all of this nonsense.

        My wife could easily make two to three times her salary at a private company in the DC area, but chooses to work for much less because she loves what she does. You would think that having dedicated public servants would be a positive, but apparently not.

        March 9, 2013 at 12:49 am | Report abuse |
        • J

          As the wife of a government employee I know that Fed. workers don't always make that much. What I am saying is that our country wouldn't be in this mess if everyone took the extra money from their budget (didn't replace the carpet in their office every year) and gave it back. Our government wouldn't be in debt for 16 trillion dollars.This if you don't spend it, you lose it is rediculous and instead of cutting the waste our government decides to put the cuts in the most visible place possible to cause public outcry. yes your wife got her bonus in December, but I can assume those congressman knew the sequester would happen long befor they made the decisions to do so.

          March 9, 2013 at 1:11 am | Report abuse |
        • Rand Paul

          Chooses.

          March 9, 2013 at 11:09 am | Report abuse |
        • InDisbelief

          If her BONUS was more than my yearly SALARY, then YES, I take exception!

          And in a time when the HILL is asking Federal Employees to give up 22 days of their pay, because THEY could not balance the budget, (That's THEIR job, after all), yet give their staffers a HUGE BONUS, then that IS a problem!

          Why don't these 6 figure income earners, (Congress), do the RIGHT THING, take the HIT and give up 22 days of THEIR salary, because after all, THEY failed to DO THEIR JOB so shouldn't THEY be held responsible), and leave those making less money alone so we don't wind up losing homes, cars, and more?

          22 days from Congress BIG $$ earners would help much more & help that budget much better and faster than taking 22 days from people making less than $50,000, don't you agree?

          March 9, 2013 at 12:38 pm | Report abuse |
        • dnc

          "My wife could easily make two to three times her salary at a private company in the DC area, but chooses to work for much less because she loves what she does" – – – I think you explained yourself quite well, in reverse. I worked at TI because I was able to work on cutting edge electronics in the 70s. The pay was low, but I was doing what I loved. Then I got a family and found a job that paid better. If you are in a low paying job by your own choice, QUIT COMPLAINING! You can't have your cake and eat it too!

          March 9, 2013 at 7:49 pm | Report abuse |
      • Marshall

        To all the whiners in DC....no one is forcing you to stay there....you knew what you would be making going into the job. No excuses...you do not like it...you have an option....leave.

        March 9, 2013 at 1:02 am | Report abuse |
        • JP

          No one is complaining, I am simply pointing out that CNN is making something out of nothing. My wife and I aren't complaining about her measly salary, I am only making the point that to say that she is overpaid is an absurd comment.

          March 9, 2013 at 1:06 am | Report abuse |
        • Bueller

          Your option was to understand the topic before commenting. You opted out.

          March 9, 2013 at 3:01 pm | Report abuse |
    • audit everything

      It isn't about who received the bonuses, it is about the absolute fiscal irresponsibility of who gave them out! Toss the bums out and get new ones in!

      March 9, 2013 at 12:57 am | Report abuse |
      • JP

        I think the problem is that these payments are perceived as bonuses to begin with. Had the congressmen and congresswomen simply paid their staffers a bit more up front, it wouldn't have been considered a bonus, and it wouldn't have been an absurd CNN story. But, because most congressmen and congresswomen actually try to be fiscally responsible when it comes to their staff salaries, CNN is going to try and crucify them for their fiscal irresponsibility. It is absurd.

        To be clear, I do not disagree that many congressmen and senators are fiscally irresponsible, but to say that their staff is overpaid, when it is obvious when you look at the numbers that they are not, is not only irresponsible, but idiotic.

        March 9, 2013 at 1:03 am | Report abuse |
    • Q1

      I guess your wife should get a job that pays her more. Everyone is paid exactly the amount they want to be paid. If you want more...do what is necessary to get more. Stop whining. Me?? I am one of those government employees that will be furloughed and my pay has been frozen for several years now.

      March 9, 2013 at 1:05 am | Report abuse |
      • JP

        My wife's salary is the same as someone who was in her position 10 years ago was paid, so her pay has been "frozen" for over a decade. She and her coworkers are also going to be furloughed, so the fact that she is a congressional staffer doesn't protect her from the real problems that the President and the House/Senate have created.

        The problem with these types of stories is that people immediately buy into them without doing any research or thinking for themselves. Regardless of what side of the aisle you are on, you can't immediately believe everything you read.

        March 9, 2013 at 1:11 am | Report abuse |
        • Me

          Consider that many in the public you are appealing to are making less now than they were 10 years ago based on decisions made by your wives employer (and the rest like him/her) to get our economy in the shape it is now and you will realize why there is no sympathy. She is experiencing the same as everyone else beyond CEO's and those in Congress that give themselves consistent raises. I'm not saying we are not party responsible for continuing to elect the same mentality into office, but don't cry foul when ongoing government spending indiscretions continue. I cannot argue with my employer who pays my salary when/if they called me out.

          March 9, 2013 at 1:58 am | Report abuse |
    • Marshall

      JP..no one is forcing you or her to stay in that job....either accept it or move on.

      March 9, 2013 at 1:05 am | Report abuse |
    • GW

      JP, not to sound harsh, but welcome to what the private sector does. I know many people who are salaried at the mid 30K range and work 60 hours a week, and have been doing it for a while. They have not had raises in years and forget about bonuses. These people do not have health insurance either. Not trying to be sarcastic, but does your wife enjoy federal health benefits? If so, she is way ahead of a lot of other people.

      March 9, 2013 at 1:07 am | Report abuse |
      • JP

        Is anyone claiming that those people are overpaid? I understand that times are rough, my point is just that staffers are not overpaid, and these "bonuses" are being blown out of proportion by the media.

        March 9, 2013 at 1:12 am | Report abuse |
    • mona19595

      Well JP your wife is lucky to be healthy and have a job! I on the other hand don't, nor do I get regular raises each year and have not gotten a bonus in 10 years. I am single and rely soley on my social security disability, so before you say anything about that, let me just explain to YOU where my money goes, medicare premiums, third party insurance premiums and $100 per month in doctor and medicationl co-pays. That alone is $300 off the top, then rent @ $650, electric $75, car insurance $75 so are we at $1,000 yet....my COLA raise this year was 1.7% guess how much that came out to be per month a whopping $10 which you can negate because my medicare premium went up. I live in New York where the property taxes are some of highest in the country I live in a rat hole of an apartment because I lost my home to a short sale because my income has been cut by 40% because of disability due to numerous illness' . Some month's I have to decide to buy groceries or meds and by meds I don't mean a couple of pills here and there. I take almost 30 different pills per day. I don't receive food stamps because I make too much so BEFORE you get your undies in a WAD tell me how I can get a $2,000 bonus this year to purchase gasoline for my car and groceries for my refrigerator? And by the way I would gladly trade places with your wife anyway SHE IS EXTREMELY LUCKY TO HAVE HER HEALTH!

      March 9, 2013 at 1:12 am | Report abuse |
      • Really?

        Mona – you forgot a few monthly bills in your breakdown...Monthly Internet Access, $40...Laptop PC, $600...time spent surfing CNN.com...$Priceless...

        March 9, 2013 at 3:54 am | Report abuse |
    • TheTruth

      If you don't think your wife is earning enough for the work she does then maybe it's time she got a different job. It looks like they're exploiting her just like every other hard working taxpayer. Instead of crying about your family's financial situation on the internet like a little girl you should get off the computer and do something to change it.

      March 9, 2013 at 1:55 am | Report abuse |
      • spiritualjourneycontinues

        I am just going to say that everyone attacking JP for his comment completely misunderstood what he said. The fact that he feels a certain way that many probably disagree with has put him and his wife on the hot seat for what? Saying they make a little bit of money and live in an expensive city? I did not hear him complain but what I do hear are many complainers who disagree with his willingness to open up about what he is dealing with. The fact of the matter is this. There is a split in society and it starts with a lack of understanding one another's positions. Goodness man. This world is a mess.

        March 9, 2013 at 2:45 am | Report abuse |
    • a slozomby

      no, the one that's off their rocker in this scenario is the person working 60 hours a week for 36000 in on of the most expensive cities in the country.

      March 9, 2013 at 3:50 am | Report abuse |
    • JR

      Your wife could quit if she feels she is under paid!

      March 9, 2013 at 9:26 am | Report abuse |
    • Tiffani C

      And I survive on $750. a month. Sorry...I worked my ass off all my life, tried to save but COL kept going up and impossible to save.

      March 9, 2013 at 8:33 pm | Report abuse |
  52. Jax

    Unfortunately, we can't fire them, we can only get slightly less corruption choked people to replace them. To me, this whole process is flawed. The people have less and less say in government and corporations have more. Hell corps are people now, don't you know, all so that our poloticians can buy elections, continue to take our rights away and be take care of for the rest of their fal lives.

    March 8, 2013 at 11:55 pm | Report abuse |
    • Blue Coller Worker

      The problem is 95% of people are Sheep that get all the facts from places like FOX or CNN, and to make it worse my generation thanks the government owes them free collage, skate parks, food, hud, welfare, and the few of us that busted our a$$'s without any hand outs and finely started making good money, we get raped on taxes.

      March 9, 2013 at 12:08 am | Report abuse |
      • AJ

        I'm guessing you didn't get to take part in that free "collage" thingy...

        March 9, 2013 at 1:29 am | Report abuse |
    • Tiffani C

      Totally agree w/ you.

      March 9, 2013 at 8:34 pm | Report abuse |
  53. Karl Denton

    I love it! Every single middle class American has seen there pay check get gutted and the congress is handing out bonuses!

    March 8, 2013 at 11:46 pm | Report abuse |
    • Blue Coller Worker

      That and the fact some of us work 70 hours a week at a job that would kill most people and I pay the same bloody taxes as someone who works 40 hours a week has benefits, but makes the same pay.

      March 8, 2013 at 11:54 pm | Report abuse |
  54. Blue Coller Worker

    And Obama is still campaigning all over the country.

    I wounder how much it cost for him to continue to fly around the country like gas was free.

    March 8, 2013 at 11:44 pm | Report abuse |
    • Bueller

      And, if your President didn't move around the country to talk to the people, you'd talk about an Ivory Tower instead of a White House.

      Folks, the days of nitpicky name calling and immature high school football rivalry are long gone. Grow up, try to get a little smarter, watch more than one news source, and start to make America better instead of chanting "We're number one."

      Because your parents and grandparents made it that way, and you've squandered it. You became stupid and narrow minded and unproductive and demanding. And you know it. Turn off the TV and quit bellyaching.

      March 9, 2013 at 2:52 pm | Report abuse |
  55. Vivienne

    Rep. Mike Thompson, D-CA, wrote, “have a hard working, dedicated team… and I want to pay a salary that reflects their service.”

    If he's paying them out of his own pocket, that's fine. But if it's taxpayer money paying those salaries, *he* isn't paying jack and shouldn't have discretion over awarding bonuses when so many are unemployed. Put it back in the coffers.

    March 8, 2013 at 11:41 pm | Report abuse |
  56. Jaimie

    Nothing ever surprises me when it comes to our government and the handling of our hard earned tax dollars.

    March 8, 2013 at 11:22 pm | Report abuse |
    • agnar150

      We should get rid of all of these crooks

      March 8, 2013 at 11:43 pm | Report abuse |
      • Cranny

        Come election time, all of you will forget about it and vote them back.

        March 9, 2013 at 12:38 am | Report abuse |
        • Tiffani C

          I have a good memory..and print out stuff like this to remind me.

          March 9, 2013 at 8:39 pm | Report abuse |
      • Bueller

        You don't want a representative government elected by the people? Why do you hate America?

        March 9, 2013 at 2:53 pm | Report abuse |
  57. pokey5735

    The idiots who are running the asylum from both sides of the aisle should stop and think how bonuses look to working American taxpayers that are suffering under this administration.

    March 8, 2013 at 11:08 pm | Report abuse |
    • Blue Coller Worker

      Its fine! only 52% of us really pay taxes.

      March 8, 2013 at 11:47 pm | Report abuse |
      • GW

        Yea, because property taxes, fuel taxes, utility taxes, sales taxes, vehicle taxes all don't count, do they?

        March 9, 2013 at 1:12 am | Report abuse |
  58. phil m

    BUT IN THE NAME OF ALL THAT IS HOLY WHY ARE YOU PEOPLE GIVING OUT BONUSES....
    I am glad I still have a job tho I have not seen a raise or cost of living increase for two years due to the economy.
    You are still spending money WE do not have, You pay for most of the other countrys in the world and not only give yourself raises that for people like me is so out of the rhelm of reality, but you give BONUSES...

    March 8, 2013 at 11:06 pm | Report abuse |
    • chaing

      Bonuses for what!!!! Going along with their scam?! Shame on you, Congress and Senate!!!

      March 8, 2013 at 11:46 pm | Report abuse |
  59. AngryInOhio

    ABOLISH Congress. That would be the BEST use of taxpayers' money.

    March 8, 2013 at 11:06 pm | Report abuse |
    • Bueller

      What other parts of the American Constitution are you against, Comrade?

      March 9, 2013 at 2:54 pm | Report abuse |
  60. thelunarnote

    Put them all on Minimum Wage and once they leave office their health care stops being paid for like everyone else who leaves a job.

    March 8, 2013 at 11:02 pm | Report abuse |
  61. Bummer

    Not only are these legislative hogs slopping at the public trough but they will not vote themselves a 23% wage cut like they are imposing on hundreds of thousands of ordinary citizens. Now we find that they are helping the hog helpers help themselves to a plate of slop. Screw the whole #$@*^% bunch.

    March 8, 2013 at 11:00 pm | Report abuse |
  62. Mark from VA

    As a Government Civilian for the Navy, WE have NOT gotten a raise in three years either, but instead of getting bonuses this year, WE are getting furloughed for 22 days without pay between now and the end of the Fiscal year. That equals a 20% pay cut....certainly not Bonues.

    March 8, 2013 at 10:16 pm | Report abuse |
  63. Enoch

    So – Federal workers have been the whipping boy for Congress the last several years. No cost of living raises and now with Sequestration, many are facing an overall 10% reduction in pay. And yet, THESE Federal workers are getting bonuses.

    Nancy Pelosi said a few weeks ago that it would reduce the dignity of the office for Congress to also take a pay cut during Sequestration. I say Congress' incompetence and outright greed reduces any dignity they may have.

    March 8, 2013 at 10:11 pm | Report abuse |
    • InDisbelief

      @ENOCH: Love the name BTW!

      So it would damage Congress' DIGNITY to take a pay cut from their 6 figure salary, but the dignity of those making less than $50,000 will NOT be damaged?

      We are already doing the job of more than one employee due to Congress' HIRING FREEZE and NO RAISES OR BONUSES.

      Now Congress expects us to do the SAME amount of work in 4 days instead of 5 days, and meet all our debt obligations with 20% less pay.

      Congress must have ROCKS in their heads instead of brains. It makes absolutely NO SENSE!

      On top of everything else, they give out bonuses to their staffers?

      Talk about DAMAGE TO DIGNITY....that's a SLAP IN THE FACE to every single Federal Employee going through this Furlough!

      Come on PELOSI....lets see you & your 6 figure income get 22 days taken away from you rather than those of us making less than $50,000.

      YOU CAN AFFORD IT! The rest of us really can't!

      March 9, 2013 at 1:01 pm | Report abuse |
  64. Tim Fowler

    This is an outrage! American Soldiers were told today that they can no longer have tuition assistance for college due to budget cuts! Our Soldiers risk their lives and can no longer get benefits but Congressional staffers get bonuses is total BS! As a soldier I feel betrayed.

    March 8, 2013 at 10:01 pm | Report abuse |
    • agnar150

      We are all being betrayed

      March 8, 2013 at 11:45 pm | Report abuse |
  65. nunya

    Really??? Gosh our Congress is so full of it, its not even amusing anymore.. its expected.. what pigs they are... excuses are like a________s Everyone has one.... Stop the Madness!!!!

    March 8, 2013 at 10:00 pm | Report abuse |
  66. nuclear mike

    Taxpayers be damned!! Our tax dollars will be spent regardless of who works the hardest!!!

    March 8, 2013 at 9:58 pm | Report abuse |
  67. ltd

    Rarity is watching you.

    March 8, 2013 at 9:57 pm | Report abuse |
  68. have never had a bonus

    golden parchuts R wonderful – never reelect an imcombant...

    March 8, 2013 at 9:55 pm | Report abuse |
  69. Andreager White

    These people are so full of it! No, I did not take the time to read the entire article and I will not. I got pissed after reading the second excuse from the fully self-absorbed. The young, elderly, and military always suffer the most. I'm all for cuts across the board with their salary, as well as welfare cuts.

    March 8, 2013 at 9:54 pm | Report abuse |
  70. Craig from Pa.

    This just plain sucks!...We the people need to be determining what public servants, (that's what they're supposed to be, remember?)...are compensated..this crap of them being "exempt" from the sequester needs to be reversed by the people. How much longer is this going to go on folks?? Raise hell and complain en masse and vote them out...We don't need term limits, just get in the habit of voting them out of the system each election cycle. Eventually we will have good people in there that get things done in the time they know will be limited, and nobody will have time to get in bed with the lobbyists....we can out smart these guys if we really try! Drop the salaries, perks, insurance etc. and the freeloading millionaires will stay away from running for office!

    March 8, 2013 at 9:53 pm | Report abuse |
    • Concerned

      This is by far the best post I've read on this whole blog. This is the key to unlock the country. If people would just remember that November 2014, we can make the change, by just voting every incumbant congressional candidate or whomever is running for the senate (I have to be honest I don't know which is running, don't really care, I just know I'm not voting for an incumbant to screw me again) out and show that "WE THE PEOPLE" really means something.

      March 9, 2013 at 5:31 am | Report abuse |
      • dnc

        If y'all really want to fix the problem, spend less time blogging, more time researching, to make good, informed choices on election day. Research from all perspectives and then MAKE UP YOUR OWN MIND!

        March 9, 2013 at 8:00 pm | Report abuse |
  71. retief1954

    Man, talk about tone deaf. This is not good.

    March 8, 2013 at 9:51 pm | Report abuse |
  72. FinanciallySound

    I could think of an easy way to save 60 million dollars right now.

    March 8, 2013 at 9:48 pm | Report abuse |
  73. Scott Lay

    You idiots better quit with the BS. hungry Americans are feirce!

    March 8, 2013 at 9:43 pm | Report abuse |
  74. Me

    We got bonuses where I work after a bunch of people were laid off. It wasn't much, but something. However, I am all for not getting a bonus at all when times are tough... as long as the CEO gives up his.

    March 8, 2013 at 9:32 pm | Report abuse |
  75. TheAntiChrist

    Remember the midterm elections? What did the GOP say? We are gonna send washington a message. Now we see that message.

    March 8, 2013 at 9:30 pm | Report abuse |
  76. LastLiberalRepublican

    I've read that the military's Tuition Assistance Program has been suspended/curtailed. It seems incongruous that Congressional staffers should be getting bonuses. What's wrong with this picture?

    March 8, 2013 at 9:26 pm | Report abuse |
  77. Lizzy10

    Isn't it ironic?

    March 8, 2013 at 9:26 pm | Report abuse |
  78. davis

    20 year mark in DoD,...have been "more with less" since '93, such BS to cut tuition assistance for military and give ANYONE in Congress a bonus!! Ridiculous!!

    March 8, 2013 at 9:18 pm | Report abuse |
  79. JDG

    Wow!! As a teacher, we've been asked to do more and more every single year – where's our raise?? My first year teaching I made more than I did my fifth year teaching. During that fifth year I had 60 more students in the classroom, my planning time was cut in half, and I was taking another pay cut – all for the good of the students....or so we were told. I apparently need to go work in Washington! What BS!!!

    March 8, 2013 at 8:59 pm | Report abuse |
    • Smeagel4T

      Your raise is being used to fund all the expensive corporate welfare program spending that is still in effect.

      March 8, 2013 at 9:05 pm | Report abuse |
  80. Smeagel4T

    "We have not had raises or bonuses in several years." - Get in line, bub! The middle and working classes haven't had raises since the mid 1970s.

    March 8, 2013 at 8:58 pm | Report abuse |
    • Gregg

      Bonuses used to be for a job well done. Congress is glad-handing our money away. It is wrong.

      March 8, 2013 at 9:08 pm | Report abuse |
  81. TRUTH

    All of these guys are pulling down six figure salaries along with benefits paid for by the citizens. Restructure the payscale by lowering it and placing a ceiling on it. Then all these politicians scambling to be elected would be serving with their patriotism as their motivation. Also, no compensation from special interest while in office.

    March 8, 2013 at 8:49 pm | Report abuse |
  82. Floyd Ferguson

    Makes me sick.

    March 8, 2013 at 8:47 pm | Report abuse |
  83. Jan

    Thompson of California says he only gives out bonuses with left-over money. Hello? Can you not return that money to the general fund? What a concept.

    March 8, 2013 at 8:46 pm | Report abuse |
    • Rand Paul

      I gave back 600k and I know others can also.

      March 8, 2013 at 10:58 pm | Report abuse |
      • ymyrj

        Thank You

        March 9, 2013 at 2:01 am | Report abuse |
      • InDisbelief

        Thank you for doing the RIGHT thing.

        If only everyone else would.....furloughs might not be necessary!

        Taking 22 days of pay from the TOP EARNERS would definitely put back MORE money than taking it from the rest of us earning less than $50,000.

        It would also hurt those TOP EARNERS less than those making less money. Don't people use their brains?

        March 9, 2013 at 1:09 pm | Report abuse |
  84. alain

    Hey, these staffers are the ones working on casework and actually helping constituents.

    March 8, 2013 at 8:30 pm | Report abuse |
    • Smeagel4T

      Okay. And how many middle class workers have been the ones who are actually helping customers, but corporations haven't been giving them raises since the mid 70s?

      March 8, 2013 at 9:00 pm | Report abuse |
      • um

        If you haven't gotten a raise since the mid 70s you must really, really suck at your job.

        March 9, 2013 at 6:20 am | Report abuse |
  85. porto

    Maybe I am influenced by biased journalism, but the more I know about the make-up of US government the more I despise it. I am a first-generation immigrant so I used to naively and enormously admire everything about this country from afar. Still appreciate the country; it's just who govern it (on either side of the political aisle) it that I despise.

    March 8, 2013 at 8:12 pm | Report abuse |
    • RC

      Why does it bother you that people who do their jobs got bonuses? Who are you to say what they have earned and what they havent?

      March 8, 2013 at 8:17 pm | Report abuse |
      • Brad

        Maybe because the rest of us haven't seen bonuses for years for the hard work WE do. Because we work in the same harsh economic climate. It seems silly that those who work for the people who created this climate deserve anything extra. Sorry. If you actually believe what you wrote, that's part of the problem.

        March 8, 2013 at 8:35 pm | Report abuse |
      • porto

        I have no problem with people getting their salaries.
        I have lots of problem with congressional staff getting bonuses during this congressional mess.
        The bonuses come from our tax money so we do have a say in what they earned and what they haven't.
        I hope it is clear enough.

        March 8, 2013 at 8:42 pm | Report abuse |
      • Brian

        Considering the administration made such a stink about Wallstreet bonuses, why the hell is our government giving bonuses at all? I mean, there are a lot of people in the USA that do their jobs and don't get bonuses. I understand bonuses are nice and there is a time and place, but certainly they should be reserved for times when we can afford such expenses.

        My beef also lies in legislation applying to everyone but congressional member i.e. paying back school loans, exempt from gun control etc..... It's total bullshit

        March 8, 2013 at 8:53 pm | Report abuse |
      • Whatever

        They have NOT DONE THEIR JOBS... hence the sequester. I can't beleive people think this is ok? What the?

        March 8, 2013 at 9:27 pm | Report abuse |
      • agnar150

        I haven't seen these guys do their jobs. If they had we would not have this shutdown.

        March 8, 2013 at 11:47 pm | Report abuse |
  86. Scot

    This is total horse crap !!!! Cut soccial security, cut medicare, cust medcaid, do not fund teacher or firemen but these hard working staffers get bonuses. What a bunch of crap !

    March 8, 2013 at 8:10 pm | Report abuse |
    • Brian

      Agreed Scot, I think if a company needs to do layoffs, then start with the people in the organization that supports our president, lay them off first. Then ask them how they feel about Obama and his crazy ass spending.

      March 8, 2013 at 8:55 pm | Report abuse |
      • Smeagel4T

        I assume you're referring to all the crazy ass spending the GOP does on corporate welfare.

        March 8, 2013 at 9:01 pm | Report abuse |
  87. brown

    This Congress has done more harm to our country than any foreign government could hope to do.

    Open your eyes and GET RID OF THESE FOOLS!

    March 8, 2013 at 8:10 pm | Report abuse |
    • TIM

      I remember when it was all about what was best for the people of the United States. Now it is nothing more than what is best and more money for the politicians party. They are ALL worthless crooks.

      March 8, 2013 at 8:40 pm | Report abuse |
      • InDisbelief

        Most of them ARE all worthless crooks!

        So we should NOT vote for them next year. And if the ones that replace THESE crooks are ALSO crooks, then we vote them out as well!

        Remember these names people.....and next year, make sure you do NOT vote for any of them!

        They simply CANNOT OR WILL NOT DO THEIR JOBS!

        If they can be voted out now....we should do that until one by one, they are gone.

        Their only concern is THEMSELVES!

        Healthcare for LIFE paid by the taxpayers
        6 figure income for LIFE, paid by the taxpayers
        Yearly raises & bonuses.....paid by the taxpayers

        No WONDER we are broke! Make them pay for their own benefits just like the rest of us do!

        March 9, 2013 at 1:16 pm | Report abuse |
    • retief1954

      You vote your fool out, I'll vote out mine! Trouble is, they might be replaced by even bigger fools. I've concluded that we're not supposed to understand any of it. It seems to be some kind of alternate universe where common sense doesn't operate.

      March 8, 2013 at 9:56 pm | Report abuse |
  88. Politicians are a joke

    What they said:

    “I believe performance-based pay is an important incentive in the workplace… Also, in the past year we’ve reduced our staff… The bonuses are to reward those remaining for taking on additional duties,”

    What I'm hearing:

    "We didn't have enough money to pay people so we fired some of them. But since we had extra money left over, we gave it as a bonus instead of hiring people back."

    What a joke! If you have $56,000 to give out as bonuses, you have enough to hire 2 people at $28,000/year salaries. I'm sure it is of great comfort to the people that you fired that you had enough to pay them a modest wage and just gave it away instead.

    March 8, 2013 at 7:58 pm | Report abuse |
    • RC

      How is giving out bonus money to people who work for you "giving it away"? That doesnt even make sense and hiring people for 28k makes even less sense. What are you hiring them for? To scoop ice cream?

      March 8, 2013 at 8:18 pm | Report abuse |
      • tiredofallthis

        because I work for the Army, after serving for 20 years active duty and reserves, now I am facing a 20% pay cut (furloughed 1 day/week without pay) after 3 years of no raises and no "bonuses" for working in an environment where we can't hire to replace those who leave and are doing the jobs of several people.

        March 8, 2013 at 9:11 pm | Report abuse |
        • Whatever

          I applaud your service. The way this is going down is just utter horse you know what. My problem is I have been looking for work a long time and have had over 40 interviews but no offers... with all the government lay offs I don't think I will ever get a job and I have a college education, in science no less.

          March 8, 2013 at 9:31 pm | Report abuse |
    • Belseth

      "performance-based pay" That's French for rationalizing pay raises and bonuses. Funny how upper management is always seen as more important than the people that actually do the work. We have possibly the worst Congress in the history of the country and yet they are paying bonuses? Shouldn't you at least show up every day before you get a bonus? If Congress was paid based on performance they wouldn't get minimum wage!

      March 9, 2013 at 1:56 am | Report abuse |
  89. Jim

    This is why term limits for Senators and Congressmen are necessary, but so are cuts to their staffs.

    March 8, 2013 at 7:45 pm | Report abuse |
    • SOLDIER

      What kind of crap is this? I put on my uniform everyday to see people like this take advantage of the American people. I just got an email last night stating my tuition assistance is cancelled so these people can get an bonus. Really this country is a mess and no one wants to be accountable!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

      March 8, 2013 at 7:55 pm | Report abuse |
      • jg

        You cannot blame The prez now they are republicans majority, lol. UHM!

        March 8, 2013 at 8:45 pm | Report abuse |
      • troy Reynolds

        I have a friend that is a reserve who just finished his last semester. Signed up for classes this new semester and also only got informed last night that his tuition assistance was stopped. What happened to Congress stating education was the gateway to global economic competition and technology advancement. To take educational benifits from our Veterans, active or not is an outrage and every American should write to their Gov. or district representative demanding educational benefits to our Veterans be re-instated

        March 8, 2013 at 9:01 pm | Report abuse |
        • Smeagel4T

          But don't you feel good that all the spending on corporate welfare is still alive and well?

          March 8, 2013 at 9:03 pm | Report abuse |
  90. ed

    2014 Vote out EVERY incumbent.

    March 8, 2013 at 7:42 pm | Report abuse |
    • brown

      Amen brother.

      March 8, 2013 at 8:09 pm | Report abuse |
    • RC

      The new guys will need a staff and have to pay them also. Why do you think that would help and why are people who work for the Government not allowed to get paid and get bonuses? Do you even know what they do or dont do?

      March 8, 2013 at 8:21 pm | Report abuse |
      • John

        these fools don't do anything that's the problem

        March 8, 2013 at 8:28 pm | Report abuse |
      • jg

        way to go Republicans!

        March 8, 2013 at 8:44 pm | Report abuse |
      • Whatever

        ... yeah, apparently they don't do much or they would have come up with some solutions by now...

        March 8, 2013 at 9:34 pm | Report abuse |
      • InDisbelief

        I have been doing the job of 2-3 ppl due to freezes AND I make less than $50K a year.

        I was hoping to retire next year and am a 1 income family. NO bonuses, NO raises. I see now they want to REFORM Federal Retirement. What does that mean, make CUTS to it so those that have been working 20+ years will get even LESS benefits? We EARNED that money by working 20+ years, now they want to further cut that? Honestly, its not that much I'll be getting, about HALF of what I am currently making! Your interns & staff probably make MORE than I do even now!

        NOW the govt wants to cut my pay by 22 days. Most in Congress make 6 figure incomes. Their health insurance is paid by MY taxes, FOR LIFE, and my premiums go up every year.

        Here's a novel idea – let everyone on the hill & in Congress have access to the same health companies the rest of us Fed Emp have access to and let them pay their OWN premiums for LIFE like we do!

        Sequestration: Those with 6 figure incomes can actually afford to lose 22 days of pay. But NO, they expect those making thousands of $$ less to take that cut!

        Those living paycheck to paycheck, making less than $50K CANNOT afford to lose 22 days pay! It doesn't take a rocket scientist to figure that one out!

        If I went to my boss & said "I can't work with so & so", he would tell me to suck it up, that I am there to do a job so I need to get it done!

        I go in to work EVERY SINGLE DAY! Congress gets their 6 figure income for showing up exactly HOW MANY days? If they want the job, they need to do what the rest of us do....show up every day & EARN that paycheck. So far, they've failed miserably and have NOT passed a Budget in YEARS!

        We're sending money to Syria & Egypt? Don't we have enough budget problems to solve in our own Country? That's a HUGE chunk of $$ we could use here!

        It seems GREED has reared its ugly head. The more you make, the greedier you become.

        You want to keep the economy going? Federal Employees getting their pay cut by 22 days will NOT be pouring money into the economy, they will have to continue to pay their bills & mortgage with even LESS income, trying to stretch it even further. Many might lose their homes if they can't pay their mortgage because Congress HAD to take 22 days of their income. Nevermind that these people are barely making ends meet, our government doesn't care about that because THEY are not suffering through it, they have a job they go to 2-3 times a year, make a 6 figure income, they will be fine!

        But when the Middle Class falls, WHO will be supporting the rich & the economy? Certainly not the poor. Certainly not the rich. They would rather use their millions for toilet paper than do the RIGHT THING!

        March 9, 2013 at 10:26 am | Report abuse |
    • John

      you couldn't be more correct

      March 8, 2013 at 8:26 pm | Report abuse |
  91. Ron1945

    It would have more meaning if the average salary for staff member was given (further by level,i.e., admin, congressional aid, etc.).

    The salaries will be a shocker. These are your tax dollars at work, with no oversight what-so-ever.

    March 8, 2013 at 7:40 pm | Report abuse |
    • RC

      What you would be most amazed by is how little these people actually make and how little it is compared to what people in Private industry make. Your comment was laughable it was so uneducated. If you know so much why not tell us how much these gold brickers make?

      March 8, 2013 at 8:22 pm | Report abuse |
      • Rand Paul

        They choose where they work and who to work for. If they are more skilled and choose to work elsewhere as in the private sector they will have more risk but higher reward and some people do not like risk and are comfortable living off tax payers money.

        March 8, 2013 at 11:14 pm | Report abuse |
      • J

        The problem RC is that the government decides that it has to furlough 800,000 workers 1 day a week amounting to 20% pay cut, they also cut benefits for soldiers and Veterans and then turn around and give their staff bonuses. In a time when everything is hunky dory it would be fine, but right now you are telling one worker that they may have to default on their mortgage because you need to cut money from the budget and then turn around and hand someone a bonus check. It is not right.

        March 8, 2013 at 11:38 pm | Report abuse |
  92. Dan

    I've had the privilege to work for the same pay for 3 years. No raises were given to the rank and file in the huge corporation I work for. Why? Because in a down economy that's reality. We're lucky to have jobs at all.

    Congress, why do you think your approval rating is so low????

    March 8, 2013 at 7:38 pm | Report abuse |
    • RC

      These same people have had their pay frozen for that long. Funny thing is that America I grew up in was a place where people were happy for other people. You want other people to be just where you are and thats just pathetic and sign of your own personal lack of character. What other people get shouldnt bother you. Id suggest working harder and getting your skillset upgraded so you dont have to be so jealous of other middle class people who get a small bonus check.

      March 8, 2013 at 8:23 pm | Report abuse |
      • Rand Paul

        What is pathetic is that these people are being paid with our tax money. RC you say happy to work for other people yet that is actually what these people's jobs are and their performance is terrible. When will people in the government start being held accountable?

        March 8, 2013 at 11:06 pm | Report abuse |
    • Troy

      Amen Dan!

      I think that you speak for the majority of Americans that are in the same situation as well. I haven't had a pay raise in 3 years also due to the economy.

      Yet my gas is $3.76 p/gal, my food costs have soared, and my insurance rates keep climbing with less coverage.

      Congress and house get a raise a few months back from President Obama, and now they give bonuses to their staff?

      Apparently I'm employed at the wrong place.

      March 8, 2013 at 8:28 pm | Report abuse |
      • agnar150

        I have not seen a bonus because of the mess these people are making. When is this going to end. I am sick of seeing these people with fancy suits yet I cannot afford one because of all the taxes that I am paying.

        March 8, 2013 at 11:51 pm | Report abuse |
    • Belseth

      I'd like to know why anyone approves of the job they are doing or more to the point not doing!

      March 9, 2013 at 1:46 am | Report abuse |
  93. Dan

    This is why we hate our elected officials. They are out of contact with reality. They think they are exempt from the principles and laws they impose on their constituents.

    March 8, 2013 at 7:35 pm | Report abuse |
  94. DJaye

    How can Congress really justify giving their staff bonuses when senior citizens are getting their Meals-on-Wheels cut from three meals a day to 2 meals a day. And Head Start students will be loosing teachers. Oh and I forgot how Congress feels that the minimum wage doesn't need to be raised!!!!!!!!!!!!

    March 8, 2013 at 7:34 pm | Report abuse |
    • InDisbelief

      I think the govt stopped caring ABOUT THE PEOPLE a looooooooong time ago.

      Most are in office for the long term benefits that WE THE PEOPLE pay for:
      FREE HEALTH INSURANCE for LIFE,
      6 figure income for LIFE, whether or not they work another day or not

      They may not even pay into Retirement because WE THE PEOPLE probably pay for that too!

      Retirees are on a FIXED income, something those in Office will NEVER understand since their faucet of $$ never runs dry.

      So they plan to CUT our Retirement benefits and income. They continue to CUT benefits to those already on Medicare, Medicaid, and Social Security.

      I'd like to see someone on that big hill make ends meet with MY salary!

      STOP sending money to other Countries. Take care of the people here in America. WE are the ones paying that money and maybe we would rather take care of Americans? Heck, the govt doesn't care about that....Americans are starving now but they continue to send BIG MONEY to other Countries!

      This originally started as those in office being elected BY THE PEOPLE, FOR THE PEOPLE.

      Its no longer FOR THE PEOPLE, its ALL for Congress, what they decide, and who they decide they want to help, and usually, its their buddies who paid BIG MONEY during campaign time.

      EVERY SINGLE ONE OF THE PEOPLE LISTED BELOW MAKE MORE MONEY THAN I DO!

      Are these the people / staff that got BONUSES? If so, I think RC is one of them too! He / she seems to be fighting pretty hard to justify those bonuses!

      Ackerman, Gary, D-NY $1,260,261.46 $1,323,359 95.20% $147,633.34
      Ruppersberger, C.A., D-MD $1,233,867.03 $1,311,329 94.10% $94,009.04
      Blumenauer, Earl, D-OR $1,277,444.56 $1,402,554 91.10% $91,335.14
      Langevin, James, D-RI $1,265,732.83 $1,300,280 97.30% $79,117.58
      Deutch, Ted, D-FL $1,348,822.56 $1,389,319 97.10% $77,001.84
      Capuano, Michael, D-MA $1,354,209.11 $1,404,146 96.40% $69,100
      Altmire, Jason, D-PA $1,037,426.84 $1,378,413 75.30% $69,000
      Johnson, Sam, R-TX $1,232,499 $1,368,693 90.00% $66,250
      Lipinski, Daniel, D-IL $1,282,743.29 $1,345,972 95.30% $64,250

      I am doing the job of 2-3 people, have not had a raise in years, my healthcare costs continue to SOAR, and now you want 20% of my money to pay for BUDGET SPENDING that should have been cut by WASTEFUL SPENDING?

      Body scanners at the airport....MILLIONS if not BILLIONS of dollars. Where are they now? Being DISCONTINUED. Governors & others using PRIVATE JETS to go on trips.
      Sending BIG $$ to other Countries – WHY?

      HEALTHCARE REFORM – Congress, pay for your OWN healthcare from the exact same companies I am forced to choose from.
      Why should YOU have better healthcare than I do?
      What makes you so much BETTER or SPECIAL than any other American that WE THE PEOPLE should take care of this for you?

      LEARN TO WORK TOGETHER!
      YOU ALL WANTED THE POSITION YOU CURRENTLY HAVE, DO YOUR JOB – BALANCE THE BUDGET, QUIT MAKING AMERICANS SUFFER WHILE YOU WALLOW IN MONEY AT OUR EXPENSE!

      QUIT SENDING $$ TO OTHER COUNTRIES, LET THEM FEND FOR THEMSELVES FOR ONCE! TAKE CARE OF AMERICANS!

      YOUR ARE IN THAT POSITION * FOR THE PEOPLE * YOU ARE NOT SUPPOSED TO BE IN THAT POSITION FOR PROFIT, GAIN OR GREED!

      Ackerman, Gary, D-NY $1,260,261.46 $1,323,359 95.20% $147,633.34
      Ruppersberger, C.A., D-MD $1,233,867.03 $1,311,329 94.10% $94,009.04
      Blumenauer, Earl, D-OR $1,277,444.56 $1,402,554 91.10% $91,335.14
      Langevin, James, D-RI $1,265,732.83 $1,300,280 97.30% $79,117.58
      Deutch, Ted, D-FL $1,348,822.56 $1,389,319 97.10% $77,001.84
      Capuano, Michael, D-MA $1,354,209.11 $1,404,146 96.40% $69,100
      Altmire, Jason, D-PA $1,037,426.84 $1,378,413 75.30% $69,000
      Johnson, Sam, R-TX $1,232,499 $1,368,693 90.00% $66,250
      Lipinski, Daniel, D-IL $1,282,743.29 $1,345,972 95.30% $64,250

      March 9, 2013 at 10:54 am | Report abuse |
      • XXxxMacleodxxXX

        both parties can rot as you idiots argue among yourselves.....together we can drag these thieves out and give them their rightful punishment..... they have stolen and murdered for long enough......string them all up...every last one....no more division ..unite and destroy this cancer

        March 9, 2013 at 8:35 pm | Report abuse |
  95. Mary1972

    It looks like among the top 10, 9 of them are democrats and they are:

    Ackerman, Gary, D-NY $1,260,261.46 $1,323,359 95.20% $147,633.34
    Ruppersberger, C.A., D-MD $1,233,867.03 $1,311,329 94.10% $94,009.04
    Blumenauer, Earl, D-OR $1,277,444.56 $1,402,554 91.10% $91,335.14
    Langevin, James, D-RI $1,265,732.83 $1,300,280 97.30% $79,117.58
    Deutch, Ted, D-FL $1,348,822.56 $1,389,319 97.10% $77,001.84
    Capuano, Michael, D-MA $1,354,209.11 $1,404,146 96.40% $69,100
    Altmire, Jason, D-PA $1,037,426.84 $1,378,413 75.30% $69,000
    Johnson, Sam, R-TX $1,232,499 $1,368,693 90.00% $66,250
    Lipinski, Daniel, D-IL $1,282,743.29 $1,345,972 95.30% $64,250

    March 8, 2013 at 7:23 pm | Report abuse |
    • jg

      and the rest are all republicans!

      March 8, 2013 at 8:48 pm | Report abuse |
      • Rand Paul

        Both parties are to blame let us not be quick to blame one side.

        March 8, 2013 at 11:09 pm | Report abuse |
      • Dean

        As far as bonuses go, in Obama's liberal world the 2%ers and Dems while the 98%ers are Rep.

        March 9, 2013 at 12:01 pm | Report abuse |
    • shinden58

      Give us the complete list, with headers so we know what the date is. Putting numbers and name together without additional data ito tell us what it is is a joke.

      March 8, 2013 at 8:53 pm | Report abuse |
    • Cranny

      I hope someone will bring this list when election time comes around

      March 9, 2013 at 12:42 am | Report abuse |
    • Belseth

      Cherry picking Democrats are we? We need to throw all of them out not just the other party.

      March 9, 2013 at 1:42 am | Report abuse |
    • Edwin

      Most of the amounts listed are really pretty minor. Let's be honest: if an employee does something extraordinary and you have money left in your budget, then shouldn't you give a little of it back as a merit-based reward?

      The key here is that it should be "a little." If the country is struggling, there is no good justification for major bonuses, unless in response to cutting a position or something like that.

      I am a democrat, but I did notice that the majority of high amounts were from democrats... so Mary1972 is not wrong about that. I placed my cutoff at $40,000, and I counted 13 or 14 democrats versus 9 republicans (I messed up my count once in the middle and didn't want to go back).

      That is not exactly a landslide in favor of democrats giving larger bonuses, though if you put the cutoff higher the numbers might skew more to one side. But there are important factors to consider concerning the value of the employees. Some might truly have done something worthy of a very big bonus.

      Even at a company suffering in a hard economy, the boss sometimes gives extra money to a critical employee who has gotten a better job offer somewhere else. Simply speaking, the boss decides that it is better to give more money than lose that employee. This could easily have been the case for some of these employees.

      Of course the Congress men and women could simply let their good people go, allowing the government to function without the best workers... but that is a really stupid way to run ANY sort of company or government.

      March 9, 2013 at 7:47 pm | Report abuse |
      • XXxxMacleodxxXX

        Agreed...I feel for your husband ( I really do) I picked my family up and moved to find a job to support us...it is labor intensive and is only getting worse as people are dropping from the work load....I am currently dragging a leg to make sure my family eats.....just support and encourage him in his own personal "war" and realize he is sacrificing for you

        March 9, 2013 at 8:31 pm | Report abuse |
    • XXxxMacleodxxXX

      both parties can rot as you idiots argue among yourselves.....together we can drag these thieves out and give them their rightful punishment..... they have stolen and murdered for long enough......string them all up...every last one

      March 9, 2013 at 8:34 pm | Report abuse |
  96. prahcs

    Wanna reduce spending? How about cutting congressmen's salary, or their "staff's"? How about taking care of our own instead of sending billions overseas to countries like Libya and Egypt, among dozens of others, that would rather piss on our ashes than see us rise as the Phoenix we could be? How about legalize pot and tax the crap out of, as we already do tobacco and alcohol? Why not secure our borders, ensuring every person in the US and working is paying taxes, as I and every other American is proud to do?

    March 8, 2013 at 7:22 pm | Report abuse |
  97. Joe Sixpack

    Wah, wah. Congress and their support staff should have to work for 10 bucks an hour with no benefits like the rest of us. This economy has been circling the drain for a LONG time. Govt employees, mostly insulated from past economic downturns are now having to feel the pain the rest of us feel. Congress, able to vote themselves pay increases, remain disconnected from the voting public and in the pockets of big business. One thing for sure, they have followed the lead of business executives: When they get fat, we go on the diet.

    March 8, 2013 at 7:21 pm | Report abuse |
  98. RG

    At the very least, they should take these raises from the pockets of those who were able to provide the raise.

    March 8, 2013 at 7:17 pm | Report abuse |
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