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Nancy Pelosi Plans Pay Raise For Members Of Congress

Jeff Katz
June 10, 2019 - 3:20 pm

A potential pay raise for members of Congress could be in the works and is stirring up controversy.

Five House lawmakers have offered amendments that would bar funding for a cost of living increase for members of Congress. The three Republicans and two Democrats are opposing House lawmakers excluding language barring cost-of-living raises in both the Financial Services and Legislative Branch fiscal 2020 spending bills.

Under a 1989 ethics law that set cost-of-living increases for lawmakers, members are scheduled to receive a 2.6 percent increase of $4,500 in January. The salary for higher-up House and Senate lawmakers is $174,000, but those with official leadership titles and responsibilities make more. That level has been frozen since 2009 and each year it has been written into law that no pay raises would be given to members.

The proposals will be under consideration in the House Rules Committee next week. But the panel will decide whether or not any of the amendments will be on the floor for consideration by the full House.