House joins Senate in rejecting pay raise - Spokane, North Idaho News & Weather KHQ.com

House joins Senate in rejecting pay raise

WASHINGTON (AP) - House lawmakers have agreed that there is no way they can give themselves a pay increase in an election year when the unemployment rate hovers near 10 percent.

The House voted overwhelmingly to its members an automatic cost-of-living raise that would have boosted their salaries about $1,600 above their current pay of $174,000 a year for rank-and-file members.

The Senate took identical action last week. Congress also applied a pay freeze to itself last year, during the depths of the recession.

Members of Congress saw their salaries double in the two decades from 1989 when lawmakers decided that an automatic cost-of-living adjustment would take place every year unless they voted to block it.

 

(Copyright 2010 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

 

 

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