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Senators Get $4,700 Raise, Give Us the Runaround

1/29/2009 9:45 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF

Must be nice to not even need your salary -- because when we asked one senator in D.C. yesterday if Congress should have accepted a $4,700 pay raise per member in a failing economy, he defended himself by saying he donates his entire salary to the community anyway.

Senators Lugar & Corker: Click to watch
Both Senator Bob Corker (R) of Tennessee and Senator Richard Lugar (R) of Indiana played dodgeball with the same question ... and each answered exactly how you'd expect a true politician to respond.

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Tangie    

Yeah F'ing right, donates his salary! My Ass and if anyone in their right my minds believes that, well then you are just plain STUPID, not Dumb, but STUPID!!!!

1908 days ago
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FLAKEY WHITE STUFF    

And the common man must except a pay-freeze at his job or even get laid off....TMZ should post the exact vote on this raise. Lets all see which Sentators are in touch with the people.

1908 days ago
18.

enoughalready!    

How come you only chose to interview 2 republicans - when OBVIOUSLY the Senate majority would have had to approve this - and that would be the DEMOCRATS????

Again - stop with the politicians - I can go to any other site or TV station if I WANTED that...stick to REAL celebrities,

P L E A S E ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ?

1908 days ago
19.

Laura    

I'm not surprised at all. Corruption in government is at an all time high. However, I must say to you: oh sweethearts! As if any democrats were any less accepting of that lovely pay raise. Pfft. Government sucks people. Both sides of the aisle. Bending all of us over, and giving us the what fer.

1908 days ago
20.

Jayla    

In bi-partisan fairness, pay raises in Congress do not go exclusively to one party or another, all Senators and Congressmen get the raise, and supposedly they are all giving their raises to charity.
TMZ could have seized on the more interesting story, that Article I, section 6 (emolument clause) of the Constitution should have prevented Hillary Clinton from taking the position of Secretary of State (Bush gave the Sec. of State position a raise in 2008, which means according to the Constitution, any sitting Senator and Congressman is prohibited from taking the position). The founding fathers included this clause to prevent corruption, but who cares about that silly Constitution anyway?

1908 days ago
21.

FLAKEY WHITE STUFF    

Members of Congress make an average of $169,300 a year, with Congressional leaders making slightly more. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Cailf., makes $217,400, while the majority and minority leaders in the House and Senate each make $188,100.

The raise will increase the average salary to about $174,000, up 2.8 percent.

Source: http://coburn.senate.gov/public/index.cfm?FuseAction=LatestNews.NewsStories&ContentRecord_id=5ffae6f1-802a-23ad-46a8-7acefc8596d1&Issue_id=

1908 days ago
22.

Who Caresss!!!    

SORRY, VID NO LONGER AVAILABLE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! LOL.. LMAO

Yet another government cover up..

1908 days ago
23.

What do you look like?    

In case you don't read the news: it is Republican GREED that got us in the mess we're in.

1908 days ago
24.

aquaman    

With Demoncrats in the near super majority seems curious that you would only find two repukelicans, for comment. Now didn't the democrats vote for the same thing they themselves authored? But somehow it's not the establishment fault at all. Hey TMZ, how's that Kool-ade taste..... BARRY Flavor?

1908 days ago
25.

CCCEEECCEE    

The democrats controll freaking congress. DON'T REPORT ON POLITICAL STORIES UNLESS YOU CAN DO IT WITH NO BIAS.

Harvey- I used to love you, and now you truly SICKEN me with this "reporting".

How about interviewing one dem and one rep? THAT would be fair...

1908 days ago
26.

Str8UpNilka    

They interviewed two Republicans for dumb@sses like this that spew their hollywood learned politics:

25. In case you don't read the news: it is Republican GREED that got us in the mess we're in.

Posted at 8:10AM on Jan 29th 2009 by Enough

1908 days ago
27.

Big Mr. P    

Nice try TMZ but as usual we are onto your left wing politics. Why 2 Repbulicans and no Liberal Dems. Huh?

1908 days ago
28.

atom1    

theres idiots that get mad at obamas stimulus plan but bush giving sum failing banks money to upgrade ceos is ok and to buy planes wow!!! good job blame obama for some more stuff at least hes trying to make a difference unlike bush who let it get this bad

1908 days ago
29.

TT    

Why only ask 2 Republican's and no democrats? The Democrat's controlled congress!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
The "Democrat's" screwed the country just to let the Republicans take the blame, so one of theirs (Obama) could take over!!!! It was a dirty game at OUR expense!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Now I am ashamed to be a Democrat!

1908 days ago
30.

Lord Xenu    

Why isnt the question being asked of the Democrats who have the power to reverse all pay raises. They control Congress.

In the end, $4700 is chicken feed compared the bloated pork barrel $888 BILLION stimulus bill working its way toward The One's desk. That EIGHT HUNDRED AND EIGHTY EIGHT BEEEEEEEEEELION DOLLARS !

The only thing it wills stimulate is hyper inflation.

1908 days ago
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