Congressman Bobby Bright voted to block the automatic pay raise that Members of Congress receive. Bright is an original co-sponsor of H.R. 5146, which will stop the automatic Congressional pay raise for FY 2011. Last year, the pay raise was ultimately blocked through H.R. 156, which Congressman Bright co-sponsored. In 1989, Congress approved a process that provides lawmakers with an automatic pay raise unless they vote specifically to reject it, which they have done for the last two years. The Senate passed identical legislation to H.R. 5146 last week.
"Many Americans will not receive a pay raise this year, and nearly 10% will not receive a paycheck at all," Bright said. "Members of Congress should not be the exception to this reality and receive a pay raise while the economy is still struggling to recover. I am proud of the bipartisan work that prevented our pay raise this year, and pleased that we have once again come together to block the raise for next year. The American people expect Congress to live within its means, and this is one small step to ensure we live up to our pledge to our constituents."