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Lawmakers seek to extend congressional pay freeze

Apr. 9, 2014 - 06:00AM   |  
By ANDY MEDICI   |   Comments
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Rep. Hal Rogers wants to maintain Congress's self-imposed pay freeze. (Win McNamee / Getty Images)

A pay freeze for members of Congress would be extended for another year, under legislation passed out of the House Appropriations Committee by voice vote April 9.

The pay freeze has been in place since 2010 with an annual salary on House lawmakers at $174,000. The bill heads next for a vote by the full House.

House Appropriations Committee chairman Hal Rogers, R-Ky., said in a press release upon its passage that the appropriation for the legislative branch funds Congress at the same level as its 2014 appropriation.

“Just as importantly, it also adheres to the same fiscal goals we have set for each and every program and agency across the federal government – and that means tightening our belts and making do with what we have,” Rogers said.

Rep. Jim Moran, D-Va., failed in his effort to add a cost-of-living adjustment for lawmakers of $25 a day — $9,125 a year.

He said during the debate on the legislation Congress is at risk of being divided into lawmakers who only want to serve in order to consult for high salaries after or those who are wealthy enough to not care about the salary.

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