Another Missed Opportunity For The GOP By Betsy Newmark

The Democrats are at it again – doing something so politically smart that it demonstrates how politically stupid the GOP was in their control of Congress. If the Democrats keep making clever moves like this, it’s going to be a long time before the Republicans ever regain control. First, the Democrats announce that they’re actually going to make members meet in Congress from Monday evening to Friday afternoon and they’re going to cut out long weekends. Now, they’re going to vote against giving themselves raises.

Members of Congress are in line for a $3,300 pay raise effective Jan. 1 unless they block it, and Democrats said Thursday they intend to try.

Officials said Rep. Nancy Pelosi of California and Sen. Harry Reid of Nevada, the party’s leaders, had notified Republicans they will try to add the anti-pay-raise provision to a bill that provides funds for most government agencies through Feb. 15.

Congress must pass the funding bill before it adjourns for the year, and the target for that is Friday.

Sure it’s a gimmick, but it’s a smart gimmick and the Republicans seem to lack such smart gimmicks in their repertoire.

This content was used with the permission of Betsy Newmark.

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