Monday, April 26, 2010
Just say Cheese
Bill would block pay raise
By Diana Marrero of the Journal Sentinel
Members of Congress won't get a raise next year if Sen. Russ Feingold gets his way. The Senate on Thursday passed legislation authored by the Wisconsin Democrat to block the automatic pay raise for lawmakers in 2011. The House must also approve the measure before it can take effect.
Senators make $174,000 a year. Congressional leaders make more than that. Feingold's measure was approved by a voice vote.
Members of Congress have a lot of perks, but the one that stands out is their ability to raise their own pay, Feingold said in a statement. Not many Americans have the power to give themselves a raise whenever they want, no matter how they are performing.
Since his first election in 1992, Feingold has rejected his automatic pay raises during each term in office. Over the past decade, he has pressed for legislation to permanently eliminate the automatic pay increases for members of Congress.
I like the beer here.... the bratwurst is wonderful.... we appreciate cheese. Russ gives me something else to like about Wisconsin.