03.04.10

Burr Introduces Bill to Stop Automatic Pay Raise for Congress

Today, U.S. Senator Richard Burr (R-NC) introduced a bill that would stop Congress from receiving a pay increase in 2011. Senators Vitter (R-LA), Coburn (R-OK), Isakson (R-GA), and Thune (R-SD) are original cosponsors.

"Nearly every year, with little discussion or recorded vote, members of the House and Senate get a pay increase," Senator Burr said. "It is not right for Congress to automatically receive a pay raise when the American people are struggling. Seniors on Social Security and veterans did not get a cost-of-living increase this year. With Americans across the nation tightening their belts in these tough economic times, Congress needs to follow suit."

Under current law, Congress automatically gets a pay increase every year unless it votes to disapprove of the raise. Congress blocked its pay raise for 2010, but members will receive an increase in 2011 unless action is taken. A bill to repeal automatic pay raises altogether has passed the Senate and was sent to the House of Representatives, but no further action has been taken.

"If the Congressional Majority leadership refuses to give the bill ending automatic pay increases any real legislative attention, at the very least they should commit to not giving themselves raises this year," Senator Burr added.