Lawmakers Blocked From Getting A Pay Raise

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( – On Thursday, legislation that will end the years-long freeze to lawmakers receiving raises was changed to uphold the pause after the House Appropriations Committee passed the bill. 

The committee in a 33-24 vote pushed forward the annual spending bill which is going to be providing funding to the legislative branch. The House is expected to consider the bill on the floor in July as leaders have been pushing to be able to pass all 12 funding bills before the House recess in August.

However, one key absence from the measure’s initial version is the language that would have kept the 15-year freeze on the cost of living adjustment for Congress members. Before Thursday evening when the bill was passed out of committee, the lawmakers had added the language that would ensure that the pause remains in place. Still, there was opposition from both sides of the aisle to the new language. 

Former House majority leader Rep. Steny Hoyer (D-Md.) claimed that this was a “serious” matter as it would determine whether or not the only people who are in a position to serve in the House are rich. He added that he knew this was politically controversial and that he knew members from both sides of the House that would “demagogue this issue” 

Rep. Andrew Clyde (R-Ga.) had also commented regarding the measure that the amendment that would ensure the pay freeze continues has “constitutional problems.” He added that there needed to be an adjustment to the cost of living to be the same annual percentage as every other federal employee. 

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