The pressure is working! Republicans and Democrats are coming together to repeal a 1946 law that gives Congress yearly pay raises. But Pelosi and Schumer still want a raise!
We had a major victory this week. With your help, we sent over a hundred thousand FaxBlasts to Congress demanding that they shutdown Pelosi and the GOP’s plan to give Congress a pay raise.
Within hours, we saw Members of Congress start to rise up against the leadership in both parties and demand that they stand down. Not just conservatives, either. The vast majority were actually Democrats.
That’s right, you took action and actually compelled Democrats to turn against their own party leadership.
Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez was angry. She went from bartending in New York last year to becoming a member of Congress and after five months on the job, she has been demanding a pay raise (isn't that so typical of her?)
The news reported that Pelosi, Schumer, McConnell, and McCarthy were going to stand down after admitting that the American people didn’t think they deserved a pay raise. But there is one problem: They didn’t promise to block the pay raise. They only promised to delay the vote until next week to give them time to think it over…
Congress doesn’t need to pass any legislation in order to get a pay raise. The raise is already written into a 1946 law and will be applied to their salaries automatically at the end of the year. They just need to stall long enough for you to forget about it and for the media to move onto other topics…
Here is the good news. With your help, we have taken a tiny provision in a decades-old law and turned it into a major issue. Republicans and Democrats alike are terrified that if they let these pay raises go into effect, you and the rest of their constituents will vote them out of office.
This is our best chance to put an end to automatic Congressional pay raises once and for all!
Congressmen Brian Fitzpatrick (R-PA) and Anthony Brindisi (D-NY) have introduced an bill that would put an end to automatic pay raises forever. It is called the No Raise for Congress Act.
The the legislation works by completely striking the automatic pay increase language found in the Legislative Reorganization Act of 1946. No more automatic pay raises.
If Congress wants to give themselves a raise in the future, they would have to go on the record and actually vote for it. They would have to prove to the American people that they’ve earned a raise (which they haven’t). And if they ignore the will of the people and vote to give themselves a raise anyway, they would have to face the consequences.
This is what draining the swamp looks like. Think about it: this provision has been on the books since the end of World War II. For 73 years, Congress has been giving themselves raises without even voting on it and without any of us knowing about it. The result is that today, a member of Congress makes more than 3x as much as the average American. Nancy Pelosi makes almost FOUR times more than the average American.
It has to end.
This bill has a real chance of passing. Both parties are genuinely scared that they will be voted out of office over this. But the only way we can push this through is if YOU get loud and demand that Congress pass it.
We need numbers on this. We need everybody reading this to fight back and pressure Republicans and Democrats to pass No Raise for Congress Act!
Please, help us finish this!