Congress Gets a Raise

Bill to halt pay adjustment flounders

In a shocking turn of events, a bill that would freeze the salaries of federal lawmakers is expected to fail. Members of Congress are consequently set to receive their automatic 2.8 percent pay increase in the amount of $4,700, according to Washington Watch. The bill, H.R. 5087, was introduced last January and garnered 34 cosponsors over the year, far short of the 218 votes necessary to pass it into law.

H.R. 5087 has been referred to the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, where it’s expected to die when Congress adjourns for the session.

The pay raise will add a total of $2.5 million to the federal budget. Members of Congress average $169,300 a year for service rendered to their country. The raise will bump them up to around $174,000.