Does Congress Deserve a Raise?

July 11, 2019


Earlier this month, Congress tried to give itself a pay raise. I don’t think Congress deserves a raise, so I led a bipartisan group of 20 colleagues to block the pay increase. 

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Here are the facts: most members of Congress make $174,000 a year. The median household income in our district is about $48,000.

We stopped them once, but Congressional leaders aren’t done pushing for a raise. We’re hearing they may try again soon and if they do, I want to be sure I know how you feel about the issue. That’s why I’m reaching out today to ask for your input. 


I’m always looking for opportunities to hear from Mainers, and I’ll continue to meet folks out in their communities. Please feel free to stop by one of our offices to meet me and my staff and let us know if there is any way we can serve you. You can find them here:

  • Bangor Office: 6 State Street, Bangor ME 04401. Phone: (207) 249-7400

  • Caribou Office: 7 Hatch Drive, Suite 230, Caribou ME 04736. Phone: (207) 492-6009

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  • Washington Office: 1223 Longworth HOB, Washington DC 20515. Phone: (202) 225-2943

Thank you for allowing me to serve you in Congress. I hope you will continue to keep me informed on the issues that matter to you.

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Jared Golden 

Member of Congress