Spending panel publishes test balloon on member salary increase

The legislative branch’s spending bill for fiscal year 2022 would maintain the salary freeze, but it is asking for a report on its investigation into how member pay compares to other jobs within 120 days.

Some members who oppose any kind of action on the issue warned their fellow officials last week that they could approve language allowing a pay rise.

“Thank you for your continued leadership as we navigate the challenges and opportunities that have presented themselves so far at the 117th Congress. As you consider spending proposals in the Legislative Appropriation Bill 2022, we urge you to prevent a salary increase for members of Congress from appearing in the final language of the bill, ”the representatives said. Angie Craig, D-Minn., And Chris Pappas, DN. H., wrote to House Legislative Appropriations Subcommittee Chairman Tim Ryan, D-Ohio, and rank member Jamie Herrera Beutler, R-Wash.

“For the past year and a half, hardworking Americans in our districts and across the country have been struggling to make ends meet during the COVID-19 pandemic and the resulting economic downturn. Many of them have lost their jobs and their livelihoods. Countless others have been forced to make difficult decisions about childcare, education, labor market participation and health care due to forces beyond their control, ”wrote Craig and Pappas. “Let’s be clear: these hard-working Americans couldn’t afford raises. Members of Congress shouldn’t either.

Legislative power subcommittee officials write in the report that they are taking “extraordinary steps” to address low staff salaries, which they attribute in part to past wage freezes and inflation.

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