Dem Rep Says Congress Needs Pay Raise: $174,000 a Year Leads to Poor Reps in ‘Sackcloth and Ashes’

by Larry O'Connor
May 19, 2015

Rep. Alcee Hastings (D-IL) says he and his colleagues in Congress are vastly underpaid and the American people need to pony up some more money, if they want to keep these stellar politicians around.

That’s basically the argument he made Monday to Roll Call:

“We are entering our seventh year without a pay raise. Now I think we’ve proven to the American people that we are responsible. And I know that it has impacted me personally.

We have more than 50 members, probably as many as 75 or more living in their offices. They’re not there because of any other reason than they can’t afford it. Now if people want us in sackcloth and ashes than they will get what they rightly deserve as representation.”

31 Comments - what are your thoughts?

  • LD5 says:

    Congress needs to give back. Their salaries, health care and retirement benefitrs are the only true ENTITLEMENTS in America and all should be reduced significantly.

  • Mike O'Mara says:

    I have been under the impression that we were already getting the worst representation possible. With certain very few exceptions you people would never work for me. We pay people for results. The results we have seen are not worthy of the new minimum wage you clowns are working to inflict on us. I would very much like to empty every elected office at the federal level NOW. The replacements will have a one term limit. Once that is done we can begin the same process on the state level. I don’t think we will be needing the vast majority of you so you need not apply. For the “service most of you have given it is very appropriate you chose ‘Sackcloth and Ashes’ because that is exactly what you should be wearing. It is a good start for the penance you owe for your bald faced refusal to do your bogus jobs.

  • james lloyd says:

    The MORON aka Alcee Hastings should be forced to repay his salary for his time on the bench, as reparations for his malfeasance in office. He should also repay every penny he has received for the shameful job he has managed to do in Congress. There is a reason I don’t work for $7.00 an hour. I am worth more than that and I am productive enough that my Employer makes a profit. All this POS does (and most of his peers, as well) is argue over who should rearrange the deck chairs, as the Ship of State slowly sinks. He and those of his mindset have done their best to ignore the basic laws of Money and Free Enterprise. They have borrowed and spent this Country into total insolvency. We can NEVER PAY THE BILLS THAT ARE COMING DUE. Over 18 Trillion Dollars in Operating Debt and MORE than 170 TRILLION DOLLARS IN Unfunded Liabilities. Social Security, Medi-Care and Obummercare, Pensions and on and on. And never mind what the Federal Reserve has lent or spent to bailout Europe, which WE The Taxpayers are Liable for. Mr. Moron/Hastings should repay every penny he has received.

    1. Mike_Travis says:

      Great points. The debt is part of why a financial collapse is inevitable. Plan now, act now, and survive. Get out of cash and retirement accounts, for when the collapse occurs, every dollar denominated asset will be worthless. If you thought that losing 40% in your 401k in 2008, just wait until the REAL collapse occurs. It will make the “great” depression look like a Sunday family picnic.

  • dangerouspatriot says:

    This idiot is living in a fantasy world of his own creation. I”ve never even heard of this idiot and that tells me that he’s not really doing much of anything at all. Over 75% of the people living in this country are living on a fraction of what this guy is getting per year and they’re making, barely but making it. How dare he demand more money!!! That money that he’s making should be given to every Veteran who’s ever served honorably for this country and he and his colleagues can live on what we Veterans have to live on and how about the homeless Veterans??? I think the homeless Veterans and any other homeless people should be given the kind of quarters these alleged congressmen/women and senators get to live in. Or how about this? Kick the u.n. the hell out of our country and tell them to go sponge off another country and let all the homeless live in the u.n. bldg. after it’s converted into apartments plus the veterans who need a place to call home. All I can add is this: L&L

  • unique201 says:

    Where is my post ??????

  • unique201 says:

    Mr. Hastings,

    If anything Congress should get a pay cut. There are people out there, your constituents that do not have jobs. There are Seniors living in almost poverty, veterans that have given so much to this country, some that are homeless, others living in poverty, not receiving the medical care they are due from the Veteran’s Administration Hospitals, the disabled that need help with rent , food, medical care, personal care, the poor that are unable to live on the welfare they are receiving, the people that were laid off their jobs and no longer receive unemployment. These people all need money, not Congress.

    Mr. Hastings, if you can not live on the money that we all are paying you, why don’t you resign and find yourself a real job that pays you a living wage? It seems to me that you and your other Congresspersons do not understand what your constituents really need. You and your Congresspersons are only looking out for yourselves.

    Do the American People a favor, step down and let someone else take your Congressional seat, someone that will be satisfied with the money they are being paid and will do the job better then you are doing. Someone that will not rubber stamp the elite, 1-2% and the President. Someone that really wants to do good for this country if there is really anyone around any more.

  • reggie says:

    Just looked it up. His value is minus $4.6 million, supposedly. He’s right. He can’t live on such a meager income. And we expect him to help the national budget? He’s ranking member on the Subcommittee on legislative and budget process. As I stated below, he needs to go get a job.

    1. unique201 says:

      Yes, a REAL JOB.

  • reggie says:

    My, my, ain’t dat special. A lying judge, disbarred attorney wants more money. And fools still elect him. Maybe he should go back to bribe taking. Oh that’s right, no positions open for someone with his credentials. Voila! The perfect solution! Go work for Monsanto. Then he can give bribes, continue the lies, and maybe even make more money. We’d all be happier.

  • Dan S. says:

    $174,000 per year = Representatives in sack cloth and ashes????? Last year I was lucky to have made $30,000. Therefore that statement is nothing more than a crock of crap!!! They already make more than they actually are worth. They should spend one year living on the lowest income of their constituents. Maybe then they would understand living in sack cloth and ashes.

  • cool breeze says:

    this piece of shit is a convicted felon, was a judge/lawyer. Has been in congress for 20 + years. And now he bitches that they are underpaid. The low pay negatively impacts the moral of the staff. TOO FUCKING BAD. You know what negatively impacts morale? corrupt sons a bitches like this one that get elected to do the people’s work

  • Ron Long says:

    We, the people, may consider giving you a raise, BUT first you must confirm that you have faithfully discharged the duties of your office and adhered to the Oath to support and defend the Constitution of the US. Based on you and your poor colleagues performance in office, sadly for you all the record does not support that you have. You forgot that you were sent to Congress to represent the people in your district, not a political party, not a fat cats money or bribes (I understand that you, Rep Hastings know all about bribes, don’t you? As you were Impeached and removed from the Bench for taking drug money). Sadly all you have supported is Liberal Socialism. Therefore, no raise for you!!!

  • Ronney says:

    Amen, especially democrats, I bet with all the perks they get it is more like 250,000 a year. Someone tell this idiot we all got stuck with obummer care we can not afford him a raise.

    1. Mike_Travis says:

      Both parties make much more in bribes than they ever could make in salary. Consider one gop member Rob Portman. (Note I used to be a republican but I am now a supporter of the TP for they are closer to my beliefs than the gop which is no different than the dnc) He came into office with a modest net worth. After about 6 years, his net worth magically rose to $10 million which is hard to do making $175k a year before taxes.

      Sadly, both parties are corrupt which is why DC needs to be cleaned out by arresting them all.

  • WARDROBE department…get out the sack-clothes and the ash cans NOW!!…congress does not deserve a raise for the lousy job they are doing….what they need is to be fired and docked pay for their failures!!!

  • Roger Brandenburg says:

    What about concesssions, shouldn’t that be on the table for discussion as well?

  • Hotnike says:

    He probably needs money to cover the expenses of his medical treatment for MDD-Mental Deficiency Disease.

  • Frederick Bowers says:

    What mr.hastings has failed to remember is that what you give is what you are worth, so what they really should get, should be nothing. Since that is what we have gotten from them ! There are real people who are living on a tenth of what the politicians are making !

    1. Mike_Travis says:

      What they deserve is to be arrested for TREASON, for they have ALL failed to charge Ovomit for a single crime, therefore making them ALL accomplices in his numerous crimes, most notably of which is Treason.

  • Mike N says:

    Maybe he forgot to look at their perks–Specifically health care and retirement among others. Also I think he meant to say get stellar politicians rather than keep stellar politicians.

  • ijohnc1 says:

    All those bastards are over paid, he’s from Illinois, what else could you expect?

  • don says:

    this democrat is what he is–stupid -a liar-self centered–to make it short he is like all the rest of the democrat party–sorry

  • David in MA says:

    I’ll go in his place for $100,000.00 a year…… and without ashes and sack cloth,….. wait, wait, wait…. isn’t sack cloth what YASHUA wore?

  • gfinms says:

    What a clown:

    “In 1981, Hastings was charged with accepting a $150,000 bribe in
    exchange for a lenient sentence and a return of seized assets for 21
    counts of racketeering
    by Frank and Thomas Romano, and of perjury in his testimony about the
    case. In 1983, he was acquitted by a jury after his alleged
    co-conspirator, William Borders, refused to testify in court (resulting
    in a jail sentence for Borders).[2]

    In 1988, the Democratic-controlled U.S. House of Representatives took up the case, and Hastings was impeached for bribery and perjury by a vote of 413-3. He was then convicted in 1989 by the United States Senate (also controlled by the Democrats), becoming the sixth federal judge in the history of the United States
    to be removed from office by the Senate. The Senate, in two hours of
    roll calls, voted on 11 of the 17 articles of impeachment. It convicted
    Hastings of eight of the 11 articles. The vote on the first article was
    69 for and 26 opposed,[3]
    providing five votes more than the two-thirds of those present that
    were needed to convict. The first article accused the judge of
    conspiracy. Conviction on any single article was enough to remove the
    judge from office.”

    1. Roger Brandenburg says:

      He had to take it to put shoes on his children’s feet.

    2. unique201 says:

      Yet, the people of Illinois continue to
      vote him in again every four years.

  • jerry young says:

    people who work for minimum wage mostly part time about 20 hours a week make an average of $10,000 a year, with 2 or more people in one household working just to pay bills and put food on the table and These fools think a wage of $174,000 a year leads to poverty? and if they think they deserve more then maybe they should actually try representing the voice of Americans instead of their own personal beliefs

    1. Goodfela says:

      I thought that Congress voted themselves a 7% raise only last year. And, Congress has the audacity to vote a 1.5% ONLY to those receiving social security to cover the “cost of living.”

      1. jerry young says:

        yes I’m one of those who are on social security and the 1.5 % raise equals about $30.00 a month! now I can afford to have brunch like the flat broke hillary or maybe just hang with the crowd that makes $174,000 a year

        1. reggie says:

          And if you figure it out, it probably just put you into the next tax bracket and you actually have less spendable income.

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