WASHINGTON (AP) - House lawmakers have voted for the sixth year in a row to deny themselves the cost-of-living pay hike that they would otherwise automatically receive next January.
The move would freeze congressional salaries at $174,000 a year and is attached to legislation to fund congress' budget, which passed the house on Thursday. Lawmakers haven't received a pay hike since January 2009.
Bipartisan reforms enacted in 1989 gave lawmakers a big pay increase in exchange for dropping the much-criticized practice of accepting money from outside interest groups for speeches.
That legislation also awarded lawmakers cost-of-living pay increases, which also meant that lawmakers no longer had to cast politically toxic votes to raise their pay.
Congress accepted the annual cola for some years in the 1990s and for most of the 2000s.
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