What have they done to warrant a pay increase? They are already exempt from our crappy healthcare that they created. I think if congress was paid less, we would get representatives more in line with what would make our country great again. It should be a volunteer position, or at least one that didn't place you in the special interest firing line.
In this manner, the only way for congress to get a pay raise is to increase the economy of the area they represent. This is after all the job that congress was given that made America a super power "The business of America is business" a great man once said. Anticipating the replies of the "modern" entitlement generation who will say "But what about the Unicorns? What about the Rainbows?'", I reply that there are many groups out there who will harm first you, then your unicorns. So you had better toughen up and do it fast. The clock is ticking and it ticks for thee.
Most of them are already rich with multiple residences. When they "retire," they collect huge pensions and continue to make tens or hundreds of thousands of dollars as corporate board members, lobbyists, political experts, news commentators, and public speakers. I think Congress' pay should be tied to the median income of the middle class or some other economic indicator. They should also not get paid if they force a shutdown.
Golfing trips, while somewhat common, are not an absolute necessity for politicians. They all get plenty of money, and with our economic state, giving politicians a pay raise is out of the question. The money needs to be put somewhere else. I still haven't written fifty words, so I have to end here.