Yesterday, the Senate passed legislation co-sponsored by U.S. Senator Claire McCaskill to prevent Congress from getting a raise in 2011. The bill, introduced by Senator Russ Feingold (D-WI), prohibits the yearly Congressional cost-of-living adjustment pay raise that is automatically scheduled to take effect for 2011. Congress already passed legislation ensuring there would be no increase in 2010.
 
“Over 200,000 Missourians are out of work, and those who are employed aren’t getting a pay raise this year.  It is certainly not the time for Congress to be giving itself a pay raise,” McCaskill said.
 
The bill passed yesterday unanimously and will go to the House of Representatives for consideration. Since arriving in Washington, McCaskill has worked to rein in federal spending and consistently voted against pay increases for members of Congress.