The really sad part of it is they think this will improve their popularity with a country that have held them in low esteem especially since the budget ceiling fiasco.
"The House of Representatives, seeking to cut the U.S. deficit and burnish its own tarnished image, passed a bill on Wednesday to extend a pair of pay freezes for federal workers, including one for lawmakers."
"The 309-117 vote seemed largely symbolic, however, since the Senate is expected to reject the election-year measure."
Ah. The Democratic Senate. I think of what Nancy Pelosi said once: We have a Democratic President. Thank God! I thank God we have a Democratic President.
The House Republicans were clever politically by attaching a pay freeze for lawmakers to it-so when Democrats vote against it they can claim that the Democrats voted to increase their own pay.
Nice try, but:
"Democrats said they agree that lawmakers should not get a pay hike while Americans struggle with a weak economy. But many argued that workers in federal agencies deserve one."
What's rich is the idea that the way to win votes is to cut America's pay. For a party that is such a fan of markets they have little concept of proper incentivization.