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Matheson fights to end automatic pay raise

Washington, D.C.—Congressman Jim Matheson today reintroduced his bipartisan legislation to end the automatic Congressional pay raise.  It is Matheson’s first bill in the 113th session of Congress.

“The secrecy of the automatic pay raise is wrong.  Let’s shine a light on this so the public knows where we stand.  Members of Congress are already so much better off than most of the families who are emerging from a tough economy. For the past 10 years, I have led the fight for an open, up-or-down vote by House members on this issue. Changing this is a priority for me,” said Matheson.

Matheson said his bill is simple – it repeals the provision of law that provides automatic pay adjustments for members of Congress.  Matheson has already voted this week to freeze the Congressional pay raise effective March 27, 2013, which was authorized by executive order.

“I am not saying Members of Congress should never have a raise.  But there definitely should be an open debate on the subject,” said Matheson.

Pay Raise legislation (01/03/13 11:19 AM PST)