Vitter Joins Bipartisan Letter Urging House Vote to End Automatic Pay Raises for Congress

June 21, 2010

(Washington, D.C.) – U.S. Sen. David Vitter today joined a bipartisan group of 19 other senators in sending a letter to Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi urging her to allow a vote on a bill to prohibit automatic yearly pay raises for members of Congress.

The text of the letter is below, and the text of an op-ed Vitter co-authored with Democrat U.S. Sen. Russ Feingold on the subject last year is here.

June 21, 2010

The Honorable Nancy Pelosi
Speaker of the House
H-232, US Capitol
Washington, DC 20515

Dear Speaker Pelosi:

We urge you to bring up for a vote legislation passed by the Senate last year, S. 620, that would end the system of automatic, annual pay raises for members of Congress. Passing this bill would save roughly $80 million over ten years, and help demonstrate that Congress is willing to tighten its own belt as we work to reduce record deficits.

We appreciate your efforts to prevent members of Congress from receiving a pay raise in 2011. While that was an important step, it is time to end a system that guarantees members a pay hike unless they act to block it. The burden should be on members of Congress who believe they deserve a raise to pass legislation, not on those who want to block one. Few of our constituents have the power to raise their own pay — Congress should exercise this power openly, on the record.

We thank you for considering our request and hope the House will soon take up S. 620.

Sincerely,

David Vitter
U.S. Senator

Russ Feingold
U.S. Senator

Chuck Grassley
U.S. Senator

Kirsten Gillibrand
U.S. Senator

Patty Murray
U.S. Senator

Tom Coburn
U.S. Senator

Claire McCaskill
U.S. Senator

Olympia Snowe
U.S. Senator

Byron Dorgan
U.S. Senator

Johnny Isakson
U.S. Senator

Jeff Merkley
U.S. Senator

Susan Collins
U.S. Senator

Debbie Stabenow
U.S. Senator

Mike Enzi
U.S. Senator

Michael Bennet
U.S. Senator

John Barrasso
U.S. Senator

Bob Casey
U.S. Senator

Mike Johanns
U.S. Senator

Amy Klobuchar
U.S. Senator

Sherrod Brown
U.S. Senator

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