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Debt bill denies annual pay hike for Congress

6:25 PM, Oct 16, 2013   |    comments
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WASHINGTON -- Congress is about to vote to deny itself a pay raise. It'll mark the sixth year in a row that lawmakers will have moved to make sure they don't get the annual cost-of-living pay increase they get automatically unless they vote to freeze their pay.

The measure is attached to the compromise debt and spending measure speeding through Congress on Wednesday.

Members of Congress make $174,000 a year and are supposed to get an annual pay hike under a 1989 law that traded an annual COLA for a ban on the much-criticized practice of taking paid honoraria for making speeches.

It's not clear how much next year's pay hike would have been. A spokesman for the House's chief administrative officer did not know the figure.

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