Barack Obama’s freeze on top White House salaries has put pressure on Congress to do the same for itself, reports Politico, but as with much on the Hill, that’s a lofty idea mired in the mud of political reality. Even those who support a pay freeze are scrambling to maximize political capital gained from enacting it, reports Politico.
The public supports holding congressional salaries at $174,000, as do many younger senators and House members. But more seasoned lawmakers point to the expenses of their second, DC-area homes and the prohibitions against outside income, even going as far as to hint that higher salaries could curtail corruption. Still, 80 House members have already signed on to sponsor pay-freeze bills.