Congressman Brindisi yesterday (June 13) introduced bipartisan legislation that would permanently ban automatic pay raises for members of Congress. He was joined by Republican Congressman (PA-1).
Current laws that have been in place since 1946 dictate that Congress receive a pay raise automatically each year, although the Body has instituted a pay freeze for members the past 10 years.
However, the Fiscal Year 2020 Legislative Branch appropriations bill recently reported out of the Appropriations Committee included a roughly $4,500 pay increase for members of Congress.
Brindisi’s No Raise for Congress Act would negate that bill and all automatic pay raises in the future.
“Hardworking men and women across Upstate New York don’t receive automatic pay raises each year and neither should members of Congress,” Brindisi said. “We successfully fought to prevent this year’s pay raise, but we need a permanent solution. Our bipartisan bill will end automatic pay raises once and for all. Now let’s get to work on lowering health care costs, rebuilding our infrastructure, and living up to the promises we made our veterans.”