While President Joe Biden and Democratic leaders continue to sit back and watch their inflation numbers shatter records, leaving lower and middle-class Americans struggling to make ends meet, they’re making sure that their own are taken care of.
According to a letter published on House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s (D-CA) congressional website, while everyday Americans ponder how they’ll come up with $125 to fill up their pickup trucks to drive to work, House staffers are getting a raise, beginning Sept. 1.
In Pelosi’s letter, which read that the lower chamber is “strengthened by the many contributions of brilliant, dedicated and hard-working staff, who every day enable us to best serve the American people,” it was noted that a new minimum salary of $45,000 would be in effect for all House staffers.
The maximum annual pay rate has been increased to $203,700 — up from $199,300.
“With a competitive minimum salary, the House will better be able to retain and recruit excellent, diverse talent. Doing so will open the doors to public service for those who may not have been able to afford to do so in the past. This is also an issue of fairness, as many of the youngest staffers working the longest hours often earn the lowest salaries,” the letter read.
Notably, the letter also announced that for the first time ever, congressional staffers will soon have a right to organize, should they choose to take the steps to do so.
“When the House passes this resolution, we will pave the way for staffers to join in union, if they so choose. Congressional staffers deserve the same fundamental rights and protections as workers all across the country, including the right to bargain collectively,” Pelosi wrote.
Many knocked Pelosi on social media, accusing her of prioritizing everything but the American people, who continue to struggle under the Democrat-led White House and Congress.
With the 2022 midterms just around the corner, one would think that Democratic leaders would be making every move possible to score points with American voters, but instead, they continue on with low priority items on the agenda, as usual.