Pelosi’s Final Act as Speaker Is to Order Huge Pay Raise for House Staffers

Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) announced on Friday that the House would raise its staff salary cap to bring the maximum salary up to $212,100— $38,000 more than what members of Congress make.

“As you know, our hard-working, patriotic congressional staffers are integral to the functioning of the House of Representatives,” Pelosi wrote in a letter to House lawmakers.

“To that end, we must do all we can to retain and recruit the best talent in our nation — and to build a congressional workforce that reflects the communities we are honored to serve.”

According to The Hill:

“Pelosi raised the maximum salary for House staff to $199,300 last year, after more than a decade of stagnating staff salaries in the wake of the lawmaker pay freeze put in place in 2009.

“The salary cap was raised again in May to $203,700 to maintain parity with Senate staffers.”

The shameless pay raises will most certainly be her last act as Speaker as she will give up the Speaker’s gavel on Tuesday when the new Republican-majority House takes over.

Kevin McCarthy is desperately trying to lock in the votes to be Speaker but he is around 5 votes short.

According to Politico:

But it’s not looking good for the speaker hopeful. As one potential McCarthy opponent put it, when asked whether lowering to a five-person threshold was enough to save the Californian’s aspirations:

“Of course not. The dude better focus on something beyond absurd vacate debate or he’s [dead on arrival].”

Currently, five conservative members are publicly threatening to vote against McCarthy for speaker, enough to keep him from the needed 218-vote threshold in House Republicans’ slim majority.

Though McCarthy had raised the option as a hypothetical and not a real offer, it signaled to some there’s little he won’t agree to in his years-long quest to seize the House gavel.

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And some fear he risks more demands surfacing as potential detractors see room for opportunity, with some hinting they’d like members to have broader subpoena power as they look to examine matters like how Jan. 6 rioters were treated by law enforcement.

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By David Hawkins

David Hawkins is a writer who specializes in political commentary and world affairs. He's been writing professionally since 2014.

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