Both Democratic and Republican leadership agree that members of Congress should get a raise.
But many swing-district Democrats fear that voting for their own salary increase is politically dangerous, and they’ve forced Democratic House leadership to remove the plan from a big spending bill this week.
Meanwhile, progressive Democrats like Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez are going to bat for the proposal, arguing that both the minimum wage and congressional salaries should be pegged to inflation.
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In a rare instance of bipartisan agreement, both Democratic and Republican leadership think members of Congress should get a raise.
But Democratic leaders were forced to remove the pay hike from a big spending bill Congress is set to vote on this week after a host of swing-district Democrats revolted against the measure.
“Nobody wants to vote to give themselves a raise. There’s nothing good about that,” Rep. Katie Hill, a California Democrat who beat an incumbent Republican in 2018, said during a Monday caucus meeting.
A Democratic strategist told Politico the plan is “political suicide” for vulnerable House Democrats.
But congressional lawmakers haven’t gotten a raise in a decade, and their salaries are currently 15% lower than they …read more
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