The House took a look toward the fall election and decided now is not the time to give itself a pay raise, but it left intact plans to boost salaries for federal civilian employees.
By a vote of 230-170, the lawmakers on Tuesday stripped from a government spending bill a proposed 4 percent hike in pay for themselves and other top government officials. They left in place the boost in salaries for other federal workers.The House then voted 301-96 for the overall bill, a $16.1 billion spending package for the Treasury, Postal Service, the Executive Office of the President and other federal agencies.
Members of Congress now make $89,500, and the bill would have let that automatically increase by 4 percent next January along with the rest of the federal work force.
Rep. Phil Crane, R-Ill., offered the amendment to block the raises for lawmakers, Supreme Court justices, Cabinet officers and other federal officials at the top of the pay scale.
The measure, a $22 million increase over this year, covers current salaries and expenses of lawmakers and congressional employees, and costs of upkeep and protection for the buildings where they work.
Utahns vote no
Utah's three House members voted in favor of an amendment exempting Congress, U.S. judges and top executive branch officials from getting a 4 percent pay raise next January. They are Democrat Wayne Owens and Republicans Howard Nielson and Jim Hansen.