Congressman Vern Buchanan

Representing the 16th District of Florida

Buchanan: "No Pay Raise for Congress!"

Jul 28, 2017
Press Release
Votes to Block Salary Hike

WASHINGTON – Saying “Congress has not earned a pay raise,” U.S. Rep. Vern Buchanan voted last night to block funding for any salary increase for members of the U.S. House and Senate.

“Washington is broken,” Buchanan said. “The last thing we should do is reward Congress with a pay raise.”

The provision blocking a pay raise was included in a legislative branch appropriations bill for the fiscal year that begins Oct. 1. It is the ninth consecutive year the appropriations bill has blocked funding for congressional pay raises.  

The government funding bill, which was approved 235-192, rejects the annual pay increase for members of Congress that was established under the 1989 Ethics Reform Act.

Specifically, the bill text states “no adjustment shall be made under section 601(a) of the Legislative Reorganization Act of 1946 (2 U.S.C. 4501) (relating to cost of living adjustments for Members of Congress) during fiscal year 2018.”

Earlier this year, Buchanan also introduced his No Pay Raise for Congress Act, legislation that prohibits pay raises for members of Congress in any fiscal year they fail to balance the budget.

“Successful businesses do not reward an employee who fails to do their job,” Buchanan said. “This same common sense must be used in Washington. Members of Congress should not be eligible for pay raises if they cannot fulfill one of their most basic responsibilities.”