Lawmakers face self-imposed pay freeze under House plan

AP News
Posted: Apr 22, 2015 11:15 AM

Washington (AP) — Members of Congress are freezing their salary at $174,000 a year.

The freeze announced Wednesday comes in House legislation funding the operations of Congress for the upcoming budget year.

It would be the seventh year in a row in which lawmakers would deny themselves their automatic cost-of-living pay increase.

Bipartisan reforms enacted in 1989 gave lawmakers a big pay increase in exchange for dropping the much-criticized practice of accepting money from outside interest groups for speeches.

That legislation also awarded lawmakers the annual pay raise.

Lawmakers accepted the annual COLA for some years in the 1990s and for most of the 2000s but have voted to deny itself the raise for six consecutive years as their poll ratings have remained in the cellar.