A pay raise for House members won’t happen — at least for now — as Democrats have postponed voting on a congressional spending bill that included the politically risky measure, according to members and aides from both parties.
House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) told Majority Leader Steny Hoyer (D-Md.) on Tuesday morning that Republican lawmakers don’t back the 2.6 percent cost-of-living-adjustment, worth roughly $4,500 annually, according to several sources. House members and senators currently earn $174,000 per year.
With no GOP support, House Democrats have delayed votes on the annual spending bill that funds Congress. The pay raise language is included in that bill.
“The House will not consider the legislative branch appropriations bill this week,” Mariel Saez, a Hoyer spokeswoman, said.
House GOP support for the pay raise evaporated after Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) told POLITICO last week that he wouldn’t back a pay raise for senators.