Wednesday, December 10, 2008

Congress Chaffeurs Judges a Raise

Is that what bailing out the auto-makers was for?

"Pay raise for judges tucked into bailout plan

WASHINGTON (AP) -- If the $14 billion bailout plan for U.S. automakers passes, it will help more than just Ford, Chrysler and General Motors. Federal judges would get a pay raise, as well.

The raise -- labeled a cost of living adjustment -- would bring U.S. District court judges up to par with members of Congress, who will receive an almost $5,000 boost on Jan. 1. District judges and lawmakers now earn $169,300 a year but are expected to be awarded a 2.8 percent raise next year, said Dick Carelli, a spokesman for the Administrative Office of the United States Courts.

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., insisted that the judicial pay raise go into the automaker loan measure, which is the only item of business on Congress' lame-duck agenda....

Thanks, Harry!


Where is YOUR BAILOUT, AmeriKa?! Did Reid INSIST on that?