U.S. Senator Claire McCaskill is continuing her effort to cut federal spending and bolster accountability by ending automatic pay raises for members of Congress, reintroducing bipartisan legislation this week as an amendment to a federal budget bill. Under current law, members of Congress automatically receive yearly cost-of-living pay increases unless members vote to stop the increase. McCaskill has helped stop several individual yearly pay raises since 2009, and her legislation would require Congress to pass legislation in order to raise its pay. McCaskill recently introduced legislation that would cut pay for members of Congress if federal employees are furloughed due to the automatic budget cuts known as the sequester. If the legislation is not approved by her colleagues and federal employees are furloughed, McCaskill has pledged to donate a portion of her salary back to the U.S. Treasury or to charity.
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