The House of Representatives approved today bipartisan legislation cosponsored by U.S. Representative Frank A. LoBiondo (NJ-02) that would cancel the automatic pay raise for Members of Congress in Fiscal Year 2011.
"Taxpayers are rightly angry at the excessive spending by Congress, whether it through expansive government programs or by personal compensation and luxury trips by Members. I have long said automatic increases for Members of Congress exemplify everything that is wrong with Washington," said LoBiondo. "Today's action is the right policy and the right message to reaffirm to the American people that Congress understands the economic realities they are living."
LoBiondo has previously cosponsored legislation and consistently voted to block the pay raise from taking effect in previous Congresses. Furthermore, LoBiondo has returned personal compensation to the U.S. Treasury in years the automatic pay raise was not prevented. Through 2008, LoBiondo has returned $39,496 in salary compensation to the U.S. Treasury. This is in addition to LoBiondo paying for his own healthcare insurance.
Introduced by Representatives Harry Mitchell (AZ-05) and Jim Matheson (UT-02), the legislation follows action taken by the Senate last week to cancel their automatic pay raise for FY2011. The House approved the bill 402 to 15.