It looks like members of Congress are finally getting the picture that they're not too popular. The fiscal cliff package approved by the Senate includes a provision that blocks the salary increase lawmakers were supposed to get in 2013, from $174,000 to $174,900.
"Good news. In deal we will STOP any pay increase for Congress. Thank goodness. Good reason to vote for it," tweeted Sen. Claire McCaskill (@clairecmc), on New Year's Eve as the deal was taking shape.
The Missouri Democrat has been vocal for months in opposing a pay raise for Congress, particularly as the fiscal cliff drama dragged on. The House must still approve the measure, followed by President Barack Obama's signature.
Under current federal law lawmakers' pay automatically rises unless they specifically vote to deny themselves a raise - which this year they didn't. The $900-a-year raise is in line with what other federal workers will get in the coming year. That's because President Barack Obama recently issued an executive order to end the pay freeze on federal employees, in effect giving some federal workers a raise.