Congress wants a pay raise
House spending leaders want to break a decadelong pay freeze and give members of Congress a cost-of-living bump that could pad their salaries with an extra $4,500 next year.
Congressional salaries have been frozen at about $174,000 since 2009, when Democrats controlled Congress and decided to suspend automatic cost-of-living increases while heading into the 2010 election year.
Congressional pay has often been a political hot potato, with some members eager to pocket as much cash as possible, regardless of the consequences, and others reluctant to look out-of-touch with their constituents. Not anymore:
“There is strong bipartisan support for these modest inflation adjustments,” said Evan Hollander, a spokesperson for the House Appropriations Committee, noting that the panel does not have to take action to allow the automatic increases and will simply be forgoing language that would block the raises.
“If members want to alter or eliminate the [cost-of-living adjustment], they should do so through the authorizing process — not appropriations bills,” Hollander said.
Putting aside the fact that the federal government is broke, and any extra salary will have to come from borrowed money, members of Congress have yet to show they've earned a payraise -- "modest" or not.