The claim: The “Founding Fathers” wanted Congress to be paid per diem to prevent greed and corruption
As decade-old claims about the fictitious “Congressional Reform Act” resurface on social media, misinformation about congressional corruption is trending.
One April 16 Facebook post, describes how congressional pay practices have strayed from the Founding Fathers’ vision.
“The Founding Fathers only paid the senators and representatives a ‘per diem’ amount when in session,” the post inaccurately explains. “(The) Founding Fathers knew if Congress were ever to be paid salaries (which they could vote to increase themselves), then Congress would no longer be ‘of the people’ but rather ‘above the people.’ They wanted those in Congress to be subject to the same economic and financial conditions as the rest of the nation based upon the laws they passed.”
Fact-checking website Snopes debunked