Members of Congress would lose their annual cost-of-living pay raises under a proposal that's headed for a vote in the Senate next week.
The move, by Sen. David Vitter, R-La., would require Congress to vote itself pay raises rather than get them automatically under a two-decades-old ethics bill that gave the annual raises, known as a cost-of-living adjustment or COLA, but required lawmakers to give up paid speeches called honoraria.
Vitter, who faces a potentially difficult re-election next year, has seized a potent issue with voters. But he's not winning any popularity contests with his colleagues. ...
Tuesday, March 10, 2009
Senator Tries to Eliminate Automatic Pay Increases
Senator tries to eliminate automatic pay increases; The Associated Press