Latta: Congress Doesn’t Deserve a Raise

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressman Bob Latta (R-Bowling Green) today called on House Democrats to block the automatic annual congressional pay raise and maintain the nearly decade-long freeze on salary levels for members of Congress.

Republicans voted to freeze pay the last eight years in a row, and there hasn’t been an adjustment since 2009. Latta introduced the No Vote, No Raise Act to eliminate the automatic pay increase, and require any salary adjustments to be voted on by Congress.

“With little to no serious legislative work being done on the House floor, Democrats should not be helping Congress get a raise,” said Latta. “While I don’t think the raise should happen, it certainly shouldn’t be happening quietly and without a vote. If representatives or senators want a raise, they should own it and be accountable to the American people with a vote. I urge my colleagues on the other side of the aisle to vote for a pay freeze. Failure to do so ends a decade of precedent intended to make this body more transparent to the American people.”