Top Lawmakers Vow To Give Up Next Year's Pay Raise

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

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Tuesday, February 10, 2009

The No. 2 Democrat in the House says Capitol Hill lawmakers are going to give up the automatic pay raise they're due next year.

Maryland Democrat Steny Hoyer says it would inappropriate for Congress to take its annual cost of living pay hike in 2010 while the economy is in such bad shape and so many people are losing their jobs.

But lawmakers are going ahead and pocketing the $5,000 salary hike they got at the beginning of this year to raise their salaries to $174,000.

Congress automatically gets a cost of living pay increase under a law passed 20 years ago. During years when it's politically difficult, they'll give it up.

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