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Sunday, August 14, 2005

Congressional Pay Raises No Tough Sell

The Roll Call Report Syndicate reported that, under the Ethics Reform Act of 1989, members of the House of Representatives and the Senate are guaranteed annual increases in their salaries, without debate or up-or-down votes. “The [Ethics Reform Act] pegs increases to the Labor Department’s Employment Cost Index, and makes them automatic the next January unless both chambers vote in advance to prevent them.” Obviously, debate or votes on pay raises are few and far between.

“A seventh consecutive increase will push rank-and-file congressional salaries from today’s $162,100 to $165,200 in January 2006.

“The House speaker and secretary of the Senate each will receive $212,100 next year, and the majority and minority leaders of both chambers will be paid $183,500.

Tom DeLay, R-Sugar Land, told the House of Representatives in 1997, “This is not a pay raise; this is about an inflation adjustment.”

I do not receive annual cost of living adjustments. Do you receive annual cost of living adjustments? (Military personnel, civil servants, or Social Security beneficiaries need not answer this.)

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