Wednesday, December 7, 2022

Here’s How Congress Is Making High Salaries

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( – Elected representatives often talk about expanding the middle class and bridging the gap between rich and poor. Of course, they usually neglect to mention their own wealth, which, in many cases, is astronomical. 

As well as their base salaries of $174,000, some members of Congress make extra for occupying leadership positions, and many have significant private interests, too. Few politicians are willing to speak out about this, of course, because it might compromise their own wealth. However, Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) is one exception. 

On Monday, January 25, Cruz and five other senators introduced a constitutional amendment that would install term limits for members of Congress. If ratified, the joint resolution would limit newly-elected Senators to two six-year terms, and new House members to three two-year terms. Currently, no such limits exist, and several representatives have held their seats for decades.

Cruz proposed similar amendments in 2017 and 2019. 

In order to pass, the amendment will need a two-thirds majority in both houses of Congress, and support from three-quarters of state legislatures as well. This makes it very unlikely to succeed. However, this could be the start of a nationwide conversation that forces lawmakers to consider limiting their own terms.

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