Jun 14, 2006- Congresswoman Kaptur Votes Against Automatic Pay Raise for Congress

June 12, 2007
Press Release
Without the opportunity for an up or down vote on the pay raise, final passage is expected today on the Transportation, Treasury, Housing and Urban Development Appropriations bill, which contains the automatic cost of living increase for Congress.

Congresswoman Kaptur said Members of Congress should forego the increases at a time of great hardship for millions of Americans who are out of work or possibly serving in the armed forces. "If that slight were not enough, the nation is running record budget deficits with red ink as far as the eye can see," said Kaptur.

"This is the same Congress that approved cuts to funding for veterans' health care by $6 billion over the next five years, despite increasing demand," said Kaptur. "Congress shouldn't be rewarded with a $3,300.00 pay hike for cutting services to our returning military."

Members of Congress next year will make approximately $168,500 a year. The bill also includes raises of 2.7 percent for civil servants.

Congresswoman Kaptur has declined to accept congressional pay raises for several years. The Clerk of the House, citing the fact that the pay raises are the law of the land as passed by Congress and signed by the president, has forced Congresswoman Kaptur to accept the higher salary. As a result, Rep. Kaptur has established separate accounts, one at the Toledo Community Foundation, to receive funding which she then directs to charitable organizations in the Ninth District.