Thursday, May 5, 2016

House Votes to Cut Own Pay

Rep. Kevin Yoder
In a rare show of bipartisanship, the House today approved a measure to cut its own pay by 10%. The measure, authored by Rep. Kevin Yoder (R-Kansas), also eliminates cost-of-living adjustments for congressional pay as well as tax deductions for members' living expenses.

"Congress has the worst approval rating of anything, ever, in history," Yoder argued. "If we don’t do our job, we should not get paid.” Several speakers of both parties chimed in to agree.

The bill met with opposition from Rep. Peter King (R-New York), who argued that higher pay is needed to attract high quality congressional candidates. He additionally complained about the tight and very expensive housing market in the Washington, DC area.

After Rep. Mike Honda (D-California) amended the bill to devote the savings to the federal education budget, the chamber passed the bill on a voice vote.

President Obama was expected to sign the bill. Vice President Biden was rumored to be upset by it, since, as the Senate's presiding officer, his salary would be cut as well, but this was not expected to influence the President's position.

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