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Latta Introduces the “No Vote, No Raise Act” to Eliminate Automatic Pay Increases For Members Of Congress

Washington, January 24, 2019 | Drew Griffin (202-225-6405)

Congressman Bob Latta (R-Bowling Green) has introduced legislation, H.R. 751, the No Vote, No Raise Act, to eliminate automatic pay raises for Members of Congress. Under current law, Members of Congress are slated to receive automatic annual adjustments unless stopped by Congressional legislation. Because the pay increases are automatic, Members of Congress can receive a raise without having to go on record to vote for it. Members of Congress have voted to freeze Congressional pay over the previous nine years and have not received a salary increase since 2009.

“Most people don’t know that Members of Congress receive automatic pay increases unless they vote to stop them,” said Latta. “This can often shield Members from having to take a vote to increase their own pay. With faith in Congress close to a record low, the No Vote, No Raise Act would ensure that U.S. Representatives and Senators would have to go on record to increase their salary and be accountable for their vote.”

In addition to this legislation, Latta has also cosponsored a proposed Constitutional Amendment, H.J. Res 18, that would prevent Members of Congress for receiving pay during a government shutdown. Congressman Latta has asked the Chief Administrative Officer to withhold his pay for the length of the shutdown.



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