House Bars Pay Raise

The House of Representatives Tuesday voted against giving themselves a pay raise this year.

The House approved the freeze 402-15. All 15 members who voted against blocking the pay hike were Democrats. And 13 of those were members of the Congressional Black Caucus, including House Majority Whip Jim Clyburn, D-S.C.

House members not in leadership currently make $174,000 a year. Salaries doubled for lawmakers over the past two decades.

The Senate approved a similar package last week. But the legislation is different from the House bill. So the provision must again return to the Senate before it can become law.