Salary Grab Act

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Politicians accusing each other for taking the Salary Grab. The caption reads: That salary grab--"You took it" Frank Leslie's Illustrated Newspaper December 27, 1873

The Salary Grab Act was passed by the United States Congress on 3 March 1873. The effect of the Act was, the day before the second-term inauguration of President Ulysses S. Grant, to double the salary of the President (to $50,000) and the salaries of Supreme Court Justices. Hidden in the salary increases was also a 50% increase for members of Congress, retroactive to the beginning of their just-ending term. Public outcry led Congress to rescind the congressional salary increase.[1]

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