Congressional leaders eye restoring automatic pay hike

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Congressional leaders eye restoring automatic pay hike

By ANDREW TAYLOR Associated Press

May 08, 2019 09:21 PM

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FILE – This Oct. 1, 2018, file photo, shows the Capitol at sunrise in Washington. A handful of senior House lawmakers, frustrated by more than a decade of frozen congressional salaries, are quietly exploring whether to accept an annual pay raise that they’ve shunned since Barack Obama was first president.


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WASHINGTON

A handful of senior House lawmakers, frustrated by more than a decade of frozen congressional salaries, are quietly exploring whether to accept an annual pay raise that they’ve shunned since Barack Obama was first president.

It’s a longshot at best, requiring comity that’s in short supply in a Capitol riven with partisanship. More than two-thirds of House members have never gotten a pay raise because Congress has voted each year since 2009 to reject the annual cost-of-living pay hike.

And President Donald Trump could crush any effort to revive the pay raise with a single tweet.

Still, housing costs in the Washington area are skyrocketing, most lawmakers maintain two homes, and the salary of $174,000 doesn’t go so far in the face of 10 years of inflation.

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