ATLANTA – Since Senator Isakson has been in office, the national debt has increased by nearly $14 trillion, and Isakson’s salary has risen drastically as well. Having repeatedly voted to give himself a raise, Senator Isakson’s annual salary is now up 25 percent to $174,000 per year.
The self-proclaimed “hardest working Senator” - one that misses countless committee hearings and remains silent while his junior colleague blocks local judicial nominations – has no problem increasing his own salary while contributing to the national debt.
- Where’s Johnny? In 1998, the year before Isakson went to Washington, the national debt stood at $5.5 trillion. Today, it has more than tripled to $19.5 trillion. During that period, Isakson has repeatedly voted to raise the national debt limit, voting to do so at least eight times.
- In 1998, Congressional salaries were set at $136,700.Today, Senator Isakson earns $174,000 even while he has missed more than half of his committee hearings on Senate Commerce, Small Business and Environment and Public Works committees.