[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]Democrat Congressman Alcee Hastings (D-FL), who while a U.S. District Judge solicited a $150,000 bribe in exchange for issuing a lenient sentence to mobsters charged with racketeering, apparently hasn’t overcome his problem with greed after serving 20 years in the U.S. Congress.[/vc_column_text][banner300 banner=”5517620b381df”][vc_column_text]Hateful Hastings, who in February referred to the entire State of Texas as “crazy” in February, breaking with House decorum and civility rules, thinks that Congress is overworked and underpaid.
During a hearing on the 2016 Legislative Branch appropriations bill on Monday, Hastings said that the congressional salary of $174,000, plus lavish benefits, is not enough to live the high life in Washington, DC, and added that a raise for those spending the U.S. into oblivion is long overdue.
“It’s kind of a sad state of affairs that we are entering the seventh year of Congress not receiving a raise,” Democrat Hastings said. “In order for us to get a raise, we have to go to the public and prove that we deserve it. Well, I think we do.”
With congressional ratings from American citizens in the tank, it may be difficult to make that case. Congress hasn’t balanced a budget since the 1990’s and with the average American’s real income actually declining during Obamanomics, the group is unlikely to garner any measurable sympathy.
As Roll Call Reported, Hastings immediately doubled-down on his remarks: