Patrick Murphy, John Adler Call on Congress to Stop Congressional Pay Raise
Today, Congressmen Patrick Murphy (D-PA, 8th District) and John Adler (D-NJ, 3rd) called for the House of Representatives to block automatic pay raises for Members of Congress for Fiscal Year 2011. In a letter sent this week to Speaker Pelosi, both Representatives Adler and Murphy insisted that Members of Congress should not take the automatic pay raise while hardworking New Jersey and Pennsylvania families continue to struggle to make ends meet. Additionally, both Congressmen Adler and Murphy are cosponsors of H.R. 4255, the Stop the Automatic Pay Raise for Members of Congress in FY2011 Act, and H.R. 1597, which would eliminate automatic pay adjustments for Members of Congress.
In 2009, the House voted to deny Members of Congress automatic pay raises for Fiscal Year 2010, and both Adler and Murphy have called for similar action to be taken this year to stop the estimated 5% increase in pay from going into effect. In 2007, Representative Murphy voted against the pay increase and, when it passed anyway, donated the increase to charity (Representative Adler was not in Congress at the time).
"With unemployment at 10% nationally and 8th District families struggling, Members of Congress shouldn't be getting a pay raise at taxpayer expense", said Rep. Murphy.
"Members of Congress should not receive a raise while middle-class families and seniors are facing higher bills and stagnant incomes," Congressman Adler said. "Government spending is out of control. Congress does not deserve a raise during these times of record deficits."
The text of the letter follows:
January 25, 2010
The Honorable Nancy Pelosi
Speaker of the House
U.S. House of Representatives
H-232, U.S. Capitol
Washington, DC 20515
Dear Madam Speaker:
In 2009, the House of Representatives wisely voted to deny Members of Congress automatic pay raises for Fiscal Year 2010. In these difficult times, with so many hard working families struggling to make ends meet, denying the automatic Congressional pay raise was appropriate and we applaud your leadership on the issue.
As you know, the law which grants Members of Congress an automatic pay raise is still in effect, and according to its formula, Members could receive up to a 5% increase if no action is taken. At a time when the national unemployment rate is 10%, we feel it is unthinkable to allow this automatic pay raise to pass into effect for Fiscal Year 2011.
Therefore, we are urging you to do everything within your power to stop the Fiscal Year 2011 automatic pay raise for Members of Congress. Thank you for your consideration of this request.
Patrick J. Murphy
MEMBER OF CONGRESS
MEMBER OF CONGRESS