At least Portman and Bachmann get it now is not the time to give a raise to Congress. They need to be cutting the budget not raising it. Not to mention the fact that they have not done their job. Congress is the first to pounce on CEO's that get raises or bonuses when their company is not doing well. In this case the US economy is their business and it is not doing well. I know that in the scheme of things a .5% raise is not much but there is some symbolism here that seems to be lost on Obama.
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