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House Dodge Vote on Own Pay Raise

  • 2001 25 Jul
House Dodge Vote on Own Pay Raise

WASHINGTON (AP) - House members managed to dodge a vote Wednesday on an effort to stop their own cost-of-living pay raise. The 3.4 percent raise takes effect for all of Congress on Oct. 1 unless blocked.

Several lawmakers sought to attach amendments stopping the raise to the annual appropriations bill for the Treasury Department, postal service and other government operations. That $32.7 billion bill also includes a 4.6 percent pay raise for civilian federal employees.

But in a 293-129 procedural vote, the House refused to allow the amendments that would stop the pay raise to be considered. Rep. James Matheson, D-Utah, said he had hoped to register ``concern about being responsible'' with the federal budget, particularly in paying down the federal debt.

``People ought to have an up-or-down vote'' on the raises, Matheson said.

Under the scheduled raise, the pay of a rank-and-file member of Congress in the fiscal year beginning Oct. 1 will rise from $145,100 to about $150,000. Majority and minority leaders in the House and Senate will see their pay go from $161,200 to about $166,700. The speaker of the House will get about $192,800, up from $186,300.