Members of the United States Congress are also among the highest-paid legislators in the world. On average, legislators in other parts of the world receive salaries equal to 2.3 times the average wage. In only one other country – Japan – are legislators paid more relative to the citizens they govern. In the United Kingdom, for instance, members of Parliament receive salaries equal to 2.2 times the average full-time worker wage.
There have been numerous attempts to lower salaries, but the most notable was an effort by Reps. Ron DeSantis (R-Fla.) and Ami Bera (D-Calif.) that would reduce Congressional pay by 8.2 percent, to match the percentage cuts in non-defense discretionary spending required as part of the budget sequestration agreement.Taxpayers have been suffering enough with perpetual deficits and a bloated and inefficient government. It is time for Congress to share the pain and take a pay cut and show that being a member of Congress is about public service, not getting rich.