A gentlemen's agreement among House members to quietly approve an annual cost-of-living increase has disintegrated among partisan squabbling over last year's congressional campaigns. In the past the raise has been approved in an obscure procedural move — instead of a direct up-or-down vote — and neither side made it a campaign issue. But Democrats last summer said they would opt out of the raise until a new minimum wage was approved — and ran attack ads against Republicans for taking pay increases while fighting higher wages for low-paid workers. Now the Democrats are in power and are trying to again link the increase to the wage bill — but Republicans are refusing to go along.
So there will be no raise this year — and House members will have to get by on their salary of $165,200.