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June 20, 2019, 12:26 p.m. EDT

Mitch McConnell says he opposes pay raise for lawmakers

‘We’re not doing a COLA in the Senate,’ Kentucky Republican says

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By Robert Schroeder, MarketWatch

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said Thursday he does not support a move to raise lawmakers’ pay, in an announcement that could effectively kill an effort to boost it for the first time in a decade.

“We’re not doing a COLA in the Senate,” said Kentucky Republican McConnell in a statement, referring to a cost of living adjustment.

House Democrats last week shelved a proposal to boost pay, after some vulnerable members of the party reportedly fretted the move would be politically disastrous and cost them seats in next year’s elections. But House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy, a California Republican, did say such a raise should be looked at.

McConnell offered no further comment in his statement. The annual salary of a member of Congress is $174,000 and hasn’t increased since 2009. Leaders make more.

Former Rep. Steve Israel, a Democrat, wrote for the Hill that such a vote would be “about as popular as voting for mandatory root canals for all Americans.”

Now read: Voting to raise lawmaker pay requires ‘lust for danger,’ says ex-congressman.

Robert Schroeder is the White House reporter for MarketWatch. Follow him on Twitter @mktwrobs.

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