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Yarmuth Says No To Congressional Pay Raise

(Washington, DC) Today, legislation cosponsored by Congressman John Yarmuth (KY-3) that would reject an automatic pay raise for Members of Congress was approved in the House of Representatives by a vote of 402 to 15.

“It is simply unconscionable for Members of Congress to accept a pay increase at a time when many Americans are searching for jobs and struggling to make ends meet,” said Congressman Yarmuth.

The Cancel the Pay Raise for Members of Congress in Fiscal Year 2011 Act was introduced to stop a scheduled automatic pay raise for Members of Congress. Members would have otherwise received an increase in salary of $1,600 in 2011 as a part of an annual cost-of-living adjustment. Blocking this raise will save taxpayers approximately one million dollars.

The Senate approved identical legislation last week.

Congressman Yarmuth previously voted to deny scheduled annual adjustments in pay for Members of Congress in 2010.

By freezing salaries for Members of Congress in 2010 and 2011, Congress is saving taxpayers more than $2 million.