Most workers wanting a pay raise have to justify it each year to their bosses. Not so much with Congress. Lawmakers get an automatic salary hike, the same percentage of other federal workers, unless they vote specifically to deny themselves the extra cash.
Rep. Dave Loebsack (D-IA) wants to change that. He's introduced legislation that would not change federal law providing to stop automatic congressional pay raises. His bill would also cut members' salaries, currently $174,000 annually, by 10 percent.
Congressional pay has been a hot subject on Capitol Hill of late. The latest debt-ceiling extension includes a provision freezing lawmaker salaries if the House and Senate don't pass budget blueprints. But critics suggest that's just a gimmick because members know it would violate the 27th Amendment, prohibiting pay raises and decreases during the current congressional session.
"In a time when our economy continues to struggle and we face an unsustainable debt, it is more important than ever to hold Members of Congress accountable to the citizens that they represent," said Loebsack. "This bill is a simple way to show that Congress is serious about restoring fiscal discipline to reform the pay system that has prevented any cut in Congressional pay since 1933 - eight decades ago."
Via POPVOX and loebsack.house.gov.