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Nancy Pelosi Raises Maximum Pay for House Staffers on Her Way Out the Door

Nancy Pelosi Raises Maximum Pay for House Staffers on Her Way Out the Door

“issued a new directive raising the maximum rate that lawmakers can pay House staff to $212,100 annually — $38,000 more than what members of Congress make”

Staffers in the House of Representatives will now have a maximum pay rate of $212,000 per year, thanks to soon-to-be ex-Speaker of the House, Nancy Pelosi.

That’s over $30,000 more than members of Congress make annually.

FOX News reports:

Nancy Pelosi boosts maximum pay for House staff to $212,000 as she ends speakership

Speaker Nancy Pelosi on Friday issued a new directive raising the maximum rate that lawmakers can pay House staff to $212,100 annually — $38,000 more than what members of Congress make.

The move comes after Pelosi already issued a directive earlier this year raising the maximum pay staffers can make from $199,300 to $203,700. At the time, Pelosi also instituted a minimum salary level of $45,000 for House staff.

The move was seen as precedent-breaking since for decades there were no official House rules governing staffer pay. Instead, House offices were free to negotiate staff pay individually.

Pelosi, who is set to relinquish the speaker’s gavel when the new Republican Congress takes office on Tuesday, said the move would help Congress retain quality staff who might otherwise be lured by private-sector employment…

The new salary cap means that senior staffers can make more annually than the lawmakers who serve as their employees. Both House and Senate lawmakers are paid $174,000 annually.

Pelosi explained the change in a letter to Congress:

Dear Colleague to All Members on the Speaker’s New Pay Order

Dear Colleague,

As you know, our hard-working, patriotic Congressional staffers are integral to the functioning of the House of Representatives: ensuring this institution can effectively carry out our legislative and constituent responsibilities.  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.

It is my privilege as Speaker to announce that the House will raise the maximum annual rate of pay for staff to $212,100.  This increase in the Speaker’s Pay Order is consistent with the recent raise in the Executive Branch Level II and Senior Executive Branch maximum annual salary rate.

As Speaker, it has been a key priority for me to bring the brightest minds and a diversity of backgrounds here to Capitol Hill — at every level of public service.  That is why we have:

  • raised the maximum annual pay twice: ensuring parity among employees of the House, employees of the Senate and employees of the Executive Branch;
  • set a first-ever minimum annual pay for staff at $45,000: a fairer, more competitive salary that has helped open the doors of public service to those who may not have been able to afford to do so before;
  • delivered a 21 percent increase in the MRA in the FY22 omnibus: ensuring every office has the resources to fairly compensate staff;
  • and established the House Office of Diversity and Inclusion: helping make the House more inclusive, open and representative of the full range of voices and values of our communities.

This work must continue into the 118th Congress and beyond, as we carry on our dutiful stewardship of this historic institution.

Oh, the House has an office of Diversity and Inclusion now? How nice for them.

Just for comparison:

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So if the incoming speaker immediately rescinds her order, will the Democrats squeal about a pay cut for staffers, even though none would have received a salary increase because of her order?

2smartforlibs | January 1, 2023 at 10:20 am

Typical parasite class move.

    henrybowman in reply to 2smartforlibs. | January 1, 2023 at 2:12 pm

    In preparation for congresscritters demanding their own raises shortly down the line, since now some of them “have aides that make more than they do!”

A modern model of aristocracy? Pelosi’s Poodles? Are they “the People”, “our Posterity”, or the government established to serve us?

A trail of pride, blood, and green progress.

Somehow not surprised
Rob from the citizen and give to the government.

I have long maintained that politicians’ pay should not exceed the median* income of the area that they represent. No reason that shouldn’t apply to staff, as well.

* Median, not average. There is a difference. Median is usually less than average.

This is outrageous. To make a $200,000-plus salary in the private sector, you damn well have to be bringing in the bacon to your business or company. In the federal government, these salaries are handed out like candy, to apparatchiks who aren’t contributing any substantive labor that remotely justifies such lavish compensation. This is just more Dumb-o-crat profligacy and squandering of taxpayer revenue and obnoxious mismanagement of the public fisc.

    The Gentle Grizzly in reply to guyjones. | January 1, 2023 at 1:03 pm

    I went to DC on business several times. The parking lots of places like the Navy Yard were overflowing with Mercedes, Lexus, BMW, Audi, and other high-end cars.

    The ones driving them often displayed the “get out of my way, moth———er “ arrogance one would expect from quota fillers and feather merchants.

In a separate internal memo not released to the public, she raised the minimum bribe to get/keep a staff job by $30K annually.

I would say “Spending like drunken sailor,” but drunken sailors spend their own meager funds – drunken congress critters spend other peoples money.

Dems are really good at giving away other people’s money. Unbridled generosity on our behalf.

These salaries would be much lower if they had to pay it out of their own war chests.

Just by way of comparison, four-star generals and admirals are subject to the same compensation limit. Think of that. A career military officer who has been in the path of danger for much of his/her career makes the same as a 35-year old political hack who drafts the 4,155 page omnibus spending bills that are bankrupting our country. Sweet.

Why didn’t she give them some real money by sharing a few stock tips?

She saith unto them, Take thy bond, and write fourscore.

A mid-grade enlisted person in the military makes <$50K/yr. (far more when you count housing allowances and other perks they *have* to offer to keep them off welfare rolls)

Any staffer in DC making $45k and living on it (as opposed to various silver spoons sponging off their parents and getting set up for big bucks when they get out of government) has a cracker box apartment two+ hours away at best and is living of raman noodles and peanut butter.

UnCivilServant | January 2, 2023 at 1:08 am

Congresscritters should not have staff, let alone paid staff.

What gives her the authority to give them a “blanket” pay raise???

retain quality staff who might otherwise be lured by private-sector employment

Where in the private sector can said staff earn such astonishing compensation?