Webb joins in effort to curb automatic congressional pay raises

U.S. Sen. Jim Webb joined Sen. Claire McCaskill and other senators in introducing bipartisan legislation to abolish automatic pay raises for members of Congress. The new legislation mirrors a bill introduced by Sen. Webb and Sen. Russ Feingold during the last Congress (S.317).

“With many Americans still out of work and trying to figure out how to pay their bills, now is not time to give Congress an automatic pay raise,” Webb said. “As a matter of fairness, I am continuing to work to change this policy.”

The bill is sponsored by Sen. McCaskill, D-Mo., with Webb, D-Va., John McCain, R-Ariz., Michael Bennet, D-Colo., Patty Murray, D-Wash., Sherrod Brown, D-Ohio, Bob Casey, D-Pa., Sheldon Whitehouse, D-R.I., Kirsten Gillibrand, D-N.Y., Daniel Akaka, D-Hawaii, Debbie Stabenow, D-Mich., Jay Rockefeller, D-W.Va. and Jon Tester, D-Mont., as original co-sponsors.

Congress passed individual bills to prevent a pay raise for 2010 and 2011. However, those bills did not permanently remove future automatic pay raises as this new legislation would.

Edited by Chris Graham. Chris can be reached at freepress2@ntelos.net.

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