Dem Rep Claims His Insufficent $174,000 a Year Leads to ‘Sackcloth and Ashes’

Rep. Alcee Hastings (D-IL) says he and his colleagues in Congress are vastly underpaid and the American people need to pony up some more money, if they want to keep these stellar politicians around.

That’s basically the argument he made Monday to Roll Call:

“We are entering our seventh year without a pay raise. Now I think we’ve proven to the American people that we are responsible. And I know that it has impacted me personally.

We have more than 50 members, probably as many as 75 or more living in their offices. They’re not there because of any other reason than they can’t afford it. Now if people want us in sackcloth and ashes than they will get what they rightly deserve as representation.”

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