Congressional pay is in the news again. Under current law, the base salary for Members of Congress is $174,000. Representatives and Senators are eligible for an automatic annual salary adjustment based on changes in the government’s Employment Cost Index. The adjustment goes into effect unless Congress votes to block it, which it has each year since 2010. Members are due for a potential raise next January of 1.7 percent – about $3,000 per Member, and a combined total increase in salary costs of $3.2 million.
The House is working on a Legislative Branch appropriations bill that would retain the freeze on Congressional salary for another year. At least one Member of Congress strongly opposes this.