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Text of the Congressional Pay Reform Act of 2011

This bill was introduced on January 5, 2011, in a previous session of Congress, but was not enacted. The text of the bill below is as of Jan 5, 2011 (Introduced).

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112th CONGRESS

1st Session

H. R. 187

IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

January 5, 2011

introduced the following bill; which was referred to the Committee on House Administration, and in addition to the Committees on Oversight and Government Reform and Rules, for a period to be subsequently determined by the Speaker, in each case for consideration of such provisions as fall within the jurisdiction of the committee concerned

A BILL

To provide that rates of pay for Members of Congress shall not be subject to automatic adjustment; and to provide that any bill or resolution, and any amendment to any bill or resolution, which would increase Members’ pay may be adopted only by a recorded vote.

1.

Short title

This Act may be cited as the Congressional Pay Reform Act of 2011.

2.

Elimination of automatic pay adjustments for Members of Congress

Section 601(a) of the Legislative Reorganization Act of 1946 (2 U.S.C. 31) is amended to read as follows:

601.
(a)
(1)

Until otherwise provided under section 225 of the Federal Salary Act of 1967 (2 U.S.C. 351 and following) or any other provision of law, the annual rate of pay for—

(A)

each Senator, Member of the House of Representatives, and Delegate to the House of Representatives, and the Resident Commissioner from Puerto Rico,

(B)

the President pro tempore of the Senate, the majority leader and the minority leader of the Senate, and the majority leader and the minority leader of the House of Representatives, and

(C)

the Speaker of the House of Representatives,

shall be the rate payable for such position as of the date of the enactment of the Congressional Pay Reform Act of 2011.
(2)
(A)
(i)

Any bill or resolution, and any amendment to any bill or resolution, that provides for any increase in the rate of pay payable for any position referred to in paragraph (1) may be adopted by the House of Representatives or the Senate only by a vote recorded so as to reflect the vote of each Member voting.

(ii)

Nothing in clause (i) shall apply with respect to any pay adjustment under section 225 of the Federal Salary Act of 1967.

(B)

The provisions of subparagraph (A) are enacted by the Congress—

(i)

as an exercise of the rulemaking power of the House of Representatives and the Senate, respectively, and as such they shall be considered as part of the rules of each House, respectively, and such rules shall supersede other rules only to the extent that they are inconsistent therewith; and

(ii)

with full recognition of the constitutional right of either House to change such rules (so far as relating to such House) at any time, in the same manner, and to the same extent as in the case of any other rule of such House.

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