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It looks like Congress won't be getting a raise any timesoon.
The House Appropriations Committee advanced its finallegislative branch spending bill today, including a provision that preventslawmakers from receiving a pay increase next year.
That move keeps the current Congressional salary of 4,000a year in place, as well as the higher pay for House and Senate leadership. TheHouse speaker will continue to earn 3,500 a year with majority and minorityleaders in both chambers receiving 3,400 annually.
The bill "adheres to the same fiscal goals we have set foreach and every program and agency across the federal government and thatmeans tightening our belts and making do with what we have," Chairman HalRogers, R-Ky., said.
Members of Congress were in line for a 1.6 percent cost-of-living adjustment that would have kicked in January 2015. This move prevents that increase and keeps in place the pay freeze that's been around since 2010.
The House panel's move comes after an to bump up that pay in the form of a per diem for livingexpenses.
"I think the American people should know the members ofCongress are underpaid," Jim Moran, D-Va., said. "I understand thatit's widely felt they under-perform, but the fact is that this is the board ofdirectors for the largest economic entity in the world."
Moran said state legislators routinely get a per diem tocover expenses and Congress members should receive the same to enable them tokeep residences in Washington, D.C. and their home districts.
The committee's recommendation, which also includes fundingfor security, visitors and Capitol operations and maintenance, now moves to thefull House. In all, it includes some .3 billion in expenditures, about 2.5million below the president's request.
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