WASHINGTON (AP) — Wary of angering constituents during the recession, members of Congress will turn down the automatic pay raise they are due next year.
The salary freeze for 2010 was in the spending bill the House took up Wednesday. Rank-and-file members of the House and Senate now get $174,000 a year. Leaders get somewhat more; House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., receives $223,500.
The move does not affect the $4,700 cost of living adjustment that senators and representatives received as of Jan. 1 this year.
President Barack Obama, in his first day in office, also froze salaries for White House employees earning more than $100,000 a year.
There was little debate on the issue in the House. The freeze was inserted in the resolution establishing the rules of debate for the spending bill. Republicans, who generally opposed the spending bill, voted overwhelmingly for the resolution, which passed 398-24.
“I appreciate the fact that we are going to eliminate the pay raise. We should not be getting a raise in a time like this,” said Rep. Pete Sessions, R-Texas.
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