House Bars COLA Increase for Congress

The House voted overwhelmingly for HR 3835, which bars any automatic increase of pay to members of Congress and their employees for the next two years, ending December 31, 2013.  Cost of living increases of Congressional pay has been a regular feature for more than 50 years, and technically circumvents the Constitutional provision against Congress voting themselves a pay increase within the same term. This bill suspends that automatic increase.

Seventy-two Democrats joined 237 Republicans in support of the bill, while Republicans Bartlett (MD-6) and Young (AK-at large) joined 115 Democrats against the measure.

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