Senate approves bill to skip pay raise for Congress in 2011
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.