Congressional pay raises absolutely should be blocked! Employees who don't come in on budget in the private sector don't get raises. Why on earth should congress get them just because they can vote themselves one!? You constantly hear how the economy can afford for the minimum wage to be any higher. By the same token, we can't afford to give them raises. I say NO raises of any kind for congress until they begin to make decisions based on the best interest of the American people again.