Senate approves bill to skip pay raise for Congress in 2011

By Associated Press
Friday, April 23, 2010

The Senate passed a bill Thursday that would deny members of Congress a built-in pay raise next year.

Senators and members of the House make $174,000 a year. They receive an automatic cost-of-living pay hike unless they pass legislation to block it -- as they did last year.

The Senate passed the measure, which would deny lawmakers an automatic pay raise of about $1,600 next year, unanimously without a roll-call vote. The House has yet to act on it but probably will go along, given election-year pressures.

The last time Congress opted to take the raise was in 2008.

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) makes $223,500, and Minority Leader John A. Boehner (R-Ohio) makes $193,400. President Obama makes $400,000.

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