This bill would prohibit pay raises for members of Congress in a calendar year if the federal government ran a deficit in the previous fiscal year (i.e. the gov’t spent more than it collected in tax receipts). Congress hasn’t received a pay increase since 2009, and members currently make $174,000 annually with additional pay available for members in leadership positions.
What is House Bill H.R. 646?
Cost of House Bill H.R. 646
In-Depth: Sponsoring Rep. Vern Buchanan (R-FL) introduced this bill to prohibit members of Congress from getting a pay raise when the federal government runs a budget deficit:
“Successful businesses do not reward an employee who fails to do their job. This same common sense must be used in Washington. Members of Congress should not be eligible for pay raises if they cannot fulfill one of their most basic responsibilities. Forty-nine states, including Florida, are required by law to balance the budget. In Florida, passing a balanced budget is priority number one for the state legislature. Washington should not be held to a different standard.”
This legislation currently has the support of one cosponsor in the House, Rep. Todd Rokita (R-IN).
Summary by Eric Revell(Photo Credit: Pete Souza - White House / Public Domain)
No Pay Raise for Congress Act
To provide that rates of pay for Members of Congress shall not be adjusted under section 601(a)(2) of the Legislative Reorganization Act of 1946 in the year following any fiscal year in which outlays of the United States exceeded receipts of the United States.
- Not enactedThe President has not signed this bill
- The senate has not voted
- The house has not voted
Committee on AdministrationCommittee on Oversight and ReformIntroducedJanuary 24th, 2017
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