(CNSNews.com) -- When asked whether Congress deserves a pay raise, Rep. Greg Stanton (D.-Ariz.) told CNSNews.com that “we should first give the American People a pay raise,” adding, “I’m not in this to make money, I’m in it to try to serve the people of the community.”
At the U.S. Capitol on June 13, CNSNews.com asked Stanton: “Congressman Stanton, at $174,000 members of Congress get paid a salary that is 370 percent of the median earnings of a full-time American worker. Do you think Congress deserves a pay raise?”
Stanton responded, “I did cosponsor an amendment that would not allow for the pay raise. I felt like we should first give the American people a raise before we talk about our own pay raise.”
He added, “I’m a public servant. I’ve been a public servant for a long period of time. I’m not in this to make money. I’m in it to try to serve the people of the community so I do not support a pay raise.”
According to the Congressional Research Service (CRS), regular senators, representatives, delegates, and the resident commissioner from Puerto Rico are paid an annual salary of $174,000.
"The only exceptions include the Speaker of the House (salary of $223,500) and the President pro tempore of the Senate and the majority and minority leaders in the House and Senate (salary of $193,400)," reported the CRS. "These levels have remained unchanged since 2009."
According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the median annual earnings of a full-time U.S. worker are $47,016. A salary of $174,000 is 3.7 times the median earnings of $47,016, or 370% higher.