The House has voted to freeze all congressional and federal pay for another year, through 2013.


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The House has voted to freeze all congressional and federal pay for another year, through 2013.

On a vote of 309 to 117, GOP supporters scored the two-thirds majority needed to approve the measure under a suspension of normal procedural roles. The bill, introduced by Rep. Sean Duffy (R-Wis.), would extend the current two-year freeze on federal cost-of-living raises for an additional year starting next January. Lawmakers haven’t raised congressional pay in four of the last six years.

The bill would need to be approved by the Senate before becoming law.

The yay votes above included a significant number of Democrats, once again indicating where the political winds are blowing. Even as their leadership poo-poos this vote, their membership knows what the voters want.

The last sentence in the quote above illustrates again which party in Congress is really doing nothing, as it is the Senate where this bill might die, and it is the Senate that the Democrats control.

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  • JM

    Although it might help to freeze the pay another year, I doubt they are “freezing” the rate of growth of the contracts that get awarded to contractors (who also happen to lobby their congress members). I would estimate that probably 80% of the budget has nothing to do with the feds salaries. Most goes out as transfer payments or as contracts. So, basically they get to score points by “tightening the belt” but in fact, the truth is the exact opposite.

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