Dem Senator: Cut Pay for Veterans, Not Congress

"We have taken pretty big cuts," Schumer said.


Who can forget the heroic sacrifices made by our congressmen and senators, the hours that they have spent downing drinks, sticking pork into bills and risking their lives in the dank and dangerous corridors of the Capitol Hill subway system.

We can't ask our brave senators to take cuts. It must be those selfish greedy soldiers who should pay more. What they have they ever done for us?

It's time for retired veterans to face cuts as the federal government looks for ways to trim expenditures, Sen. Chuck Schumer said Monday.

"Civilian federal employees have been cut, cut, cut. I think there was a feeling, if you're going to cut them further, which was done, that the military retirees should have about an equal amount. It's small," the New York Democrat told MSNBC's "Morning Joe."

"I think (Rep.) Paul Ryan and (Sen.) Patty Murray looked everywhere they could to try and find compromise. Everybody had to take a little," Schumer said.

"They're going to have to pay a tiny, little bit into it, which they never have," he added.

But Schumer maintained members of Congress should not be forced to take a pay cut. He said they have already sacrificed, since they have not seen a pay raise "in a long time," and explained most of them are paying more for healthcare insurance.

"We have taken pretty big cuts," he said.

They're paying more for their healthcare because of a bill that they voted for. Most Americans are paying a good deal more.

Incidentally Senator Schumer's worth is estimated at nearly a million dollars. It has gone up %79 since 2004. Few Americans could say the same.