Text of the Congressional Pay Cut Act

This bill was introduced on January 6, 2011, in a previous session of Congress, but was not enacted. The text of the bill below is as of Jan 6, 2011 (Introduced).

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1st Session

H. R. 204


January 6, 2011

(for herself, Mr. Kissell, Mr. Critz, Ms. Speier, Mr. Loebsack, Mr. Smith of Washington, Mr. Boswell, Mr. Paul, Mr. DeFazio, Mr. Altmire, Ms. Tsongas, Mr. Carnahan, Mr. Owens, Mr. Donnelly of Indiana, Ms. Hanabusa, Mr. Costa, Mr. Barrow, Mr. Schrader, and Mr. Shuler) introduced the following bill; which was referred to the Committee on House Administration, and in addition to the Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, 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


To provide for a 5 percent reduction in the rates of basic pay for Members of Congress.


Short title

This Act may be cited as the Congressional Pay Cut Act.


Reduction in rates of basic pay for Members of Congress


In general

Effective with respect to pay periods beginning after the date of the regularly scheduled general election for Federal office held in November 2012, the rate of basic pay for each Member of Congress shall be reduced by 5 percent, rounded to the nearest multiple of $100 (or, if midway between multiples of $100, to the next higher multiple of $100).



The adjustment under subsection (a) shall be in lieu of any adjustment which (but for this Act) might otherwise take effect, in the rates of basic pay for Members of Congress, with respect to the pay periods referred to in subsection (a).



For purposes of this Act, the term Member of Congress means an individual serving in a position under subparagraph (A), (B), or (C) of section 601(a) of the Legislative Reorganization Act of 1946 (2 U.S.C. 31).