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Skelton concurs in 402-15 vote rejecting 2011 pay raise for Congress
Skelton concurs in 402-15 vote rejecting 2011 pay raise for Congress

Congressman Ike Skelton
WASHINGTON, D.C. (April 28, 2010) — Last night, Congressman Ike Skelton (D-Mo.) voted to eliminate the cost-of-living adjustment (COLA) for members of Congress in 2011.

“This year, many seniors, disabled veterans, and other retirees did not receive a cost-of-living increase. Congress should be no different. That is why I voted last night to eliminate a cost-of-living adjustment for members of Congress in 2011,” Skelton said while discussing his vote.

The bipartisan measure, H.R. 5146, was approved in the U.S. House of Representatives by a vote of 402 to 15. The bill must be approved by the Senate and signed by President Barack Obama before becoming law.

Under the 1989 Ethics Reform Act, pay adjustments for Congress are automatic, unless eliminated by vote, and based on changes in the Employment Cost Index (ECI). The ECI formula measures the rate of change in private sector wages and salaries. Last year, Congress voted to eliminate its cost-of-living adjustment for 2010.

Congressman Ike Skelton (D-Mo.) serves as chairman of the House Armed Services Committee. Congressman Skelton’s website is at www.house.gov/skelton.

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