Traverse City Record-Eagle


October 19, 2013

Fact Check: Pelosi will not earn $803,700 a year for life


Okay, people, let’s chat from the heart for a second.

Congressional approval ratings nearing single digits and government shutdowns do not make viral rants about lawmakers’ pay any more true.

If your in-box claims to share shocking truths in ALL-CAPS underlined exclamations!! — take your hand off the mouse button. Do not click Forward. Unless, of course, it’s to your favorite fact-checkers.

Take this recent example sent by one of you to

Subject: Obscene Salaries — Pass this on if you believe this is all wrong

Salary of retired US Presidents ... $180,000 FOR LIFE

Salary of House/Senate ... $174,000 FOR LIFE This is stupid

Salary of Speaker of the House ... $223,500 FOR LIFE! This is really stupid

Salary of Majority/Minority Leader ... $193,400 FOR LIFE Ditto last line

Average Salary of a teacher ... $40,065

Average Salary of Soldier DEPLOYED IN AFGHANISTAN .., $38,000 Think about this.

Nancy Pelosi will retire as a Congress Person at $174,000 Dollars a year for LIFE. She has retired as SPEAKER at $223,500 a year.

PLUS she will receive an additional $193,400 a year as Minority Leader. That’s $803,700 Dollars a year for LIFE including FREE medical which is not available to us ... the taxpayers.

She is just one of the hundreds of Senators and Congress that float in and out every year!

I think we found where the cuts should be made!

If you agree ..... pass it on, I just did.

In honor of Congress’ second-worst approval rating in Gallup history, let’s keep this simple: Do congressional lawmakers earn their salaries “FOR LIFE? Would House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi get “$803,700 Dollars a year for LIFE including FREE medical”?

No. And really, really, really, no.

We’ll break it down.

Do congressional lawmakers earn their salaries “FOR LIFE?

Let’s turn to the nonpartisan research arm of Congress, the Congressional Research Service, which explains laws so even lawmakers can understand them.

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