Email #32, Subject: automatic annual pay raise

Thank you so much for your response to my email from December 4th.  I am pleased to learn that there’s been no pay raise since 2009, and I also commend your personal decision to make donations equal to the pay raises you received prior. (But your phrasing confused me a little, since I couldn’t tell if your donations therefore were that much higher in total? If you use similar language elsewhere on the topic, do please clarify that, since it could be read as intentionally ambiguous.) I’m also glad to hear that you have fought to overturn the law which gives automatic annual pay adjustments. But since the GOP has been in control of both chambers of Congress, I don’t understand why this hasn’t happened then. I don’t recall President Obama ever veteoing such a bill. Are you fighting other Republicans on this issue? As Chair of the House Judiciary Committee, you certainly have a lot of clout. When should I expect the law to be overturned? How high is it on your list for legislation during this new session?

Chris Gavaler

Author: Chris Gavaler

Chris Gavaler is an associate professor at W&L University, comics editor of Shenandoah, and series editor of Bloomsbury Critical Guides in Comics Studies. He has published two novels: School for Tricksters (SMU 2011) and Pretend I’m Not Here (HarperCollins 2002); and six books of scholarship: On the Origin of Superheroes (Iowa 2015), Superhero Comics (Bloomsbury 2017), Superhero Thought Experiments (with Nathaniel Goldberg, Iowa 2019), Revising Fiction, Fact, and Faith (with Nathaniel Goldberg, Routledge 2020), Creating Comics (with Leigh Ann Beavers, Bloomsbury 2021), and The Comics Form (Bloomsbury forthcoming). His visual work appears in Ilanot Review, North American Review, Aquifer, and other journals.

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