Congressman Bob Latta (R-Bowling Green) has introduced the “No Vote, No Raise Act” to eliminate automatic pay raises for members of Congress. Under current law, Congress is slated to receive automatic annual adjustments unless stopped by Congressional legislation.
Because the pay increases are automatic, Congress can receive a raise without having to go on record to vote for it. Congressional pay has been frozen for nine years. Members have not received a salary increase since 2009.
“Most people don’t know members of Congress receive automatic pay increases unless they vote to stop them,” said Latta. “This can often shield members from having to take a vote to increase their own pay. With faith in Congress close to a record low, the “No Vote, No Raise Act” would ensure U.S. Representatives and Senators would have to go on record to increase their salary and be accountable for their vote.”
Latta also cosponsored a proposed Constitutional Amendment to prevent Congress for receiving pay during a government shutdown. Congressman Latta has asked the Chief Administrative Officer to withhold his pay for the length of the shutdown.