Lincoln: No Pay Raises in 2011 for Members

Washington – U.S. Senator Blanche Lincoln today helped pass legislation that would prohibit Members of Congress from receiving a Cost of Living Adjustment (COLA) in 2011. Lincoln is an original cosponsor of the bill.

“It is my job to lead by example,” Lincoln said. “With 100,000 jobless Arkansans and our nation’s deficit climbing, I think it is important that we target spending on necessary programs to put people back to work and get our economy back on track, not on increasing Member salaries.”

Lincoln supported a similar bill that stopped Members from receiving a pay raise in 2010. Lincoln also supports legislation to repeal current law, which makes COLA increases for Members of Congress automatic each year, unless Congress passes legislation to deny the annual pay adjustment. This legislation has passed the U.S. Senate and is awaiting consideration in the House of Representatives.