Alabama Congressman Bobby Bright recently co-sponsored legislation to prevent the automatic Congressional pay raise for fiscal year 2011.
The Stop the Automatic Pay Raise for Members of Congress in FY2011 Act is very similar to legislation co-sponsored by Congressman Bright at the beginning of the 111th Congress.
Due to the efforts of the over 100 co-sponsors of H.R. 156, the pay raise scheduled for 2010 was ultimately stopped.
However without swift action to prevent it, Congress will receive an automatic pay raise in 2011.
“Many Americans will not receive a pay raise next year, and 10% will not receive a paycheck at all,” Bright said. “It is unconscionable that Members of Congress would be the exception to this reality and get a pay raise while the economy is still struggling. I am proud of the bipartisan work that prevented our pay raise in 2010, but there is still work to be done for 2011. I urge my colleagues to stand up for the American taxpayer and once again stop the automatic pay raise.”
H.R. 4255 currently has 29 bipartisan co-sponsors.
It has been referred to the Committee on Administration and the Committee on Oversight and Government Reform.