Congressman Ander Crenshaw voted to extend the pay freeze for Members of Congress and non-military federal employees through 2013. The legislation passed by a vote of 309 to 117 and now moves to the United States Senate.
"With unemployment so high and Americans grappling with financial hardship each day, Members of Congress do not deserve a pay hike," said Crenshaw, chairman of the Legislative Branch Appropriations Subcommittee. "Applying hard-earned tax dollars to raise federal salaries is wrong. Congress must make the same sacrifices with its wallet that the rest of the nation is making with theirs."
"When it comes to fiscal responsibility, I've led by example, pushing through cuts to Member, Leadership, and Committee Budgets in 2011 and 2012," Crenshaw continued. "Additionally, my record reflects previous support for a pay freeze for Members of Congress."
Specifically, H.R. 3835 extends through December 2013 the freeze on any cost-of-living adjustment to the pay of non-military federal employees and Members of Congress. The bill also extends the existing pay freeze for Members of Congress (House and Senate).