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Democrats Will Try to Block Pay Raise

WASHINGTON (AP) - Members of Congress are in line for a $3,300 pay raise effective Jan. 1 unless they block it, and Democrats said Thursday they intend to try.
Officials said Rep. Nancy Pelosi of California and Sen. Harry Reid of Nevada, the party's leaders, had notified Republicans they will try to add the anti-pay-raise provision to a bill that provides funds for most government agencies through Feb. 15.
Congress must pass the funding bill before it adjourns for the year, and the target for that is Friday.
Democrats won control of Congress in last month's elections after a campaign in which they frequently criticized majority Republicans for taking pay raises while blocking numerous attempts to raise the minimum wage.
"It is unconscionable that members of congress would get yet another pay raise while the minimum wage has been stuck at $5.15 an hour for the last 10 years. Senator Reid intends to do all he can to ensure that Congress won't get a raise until working families do," said his spokesman, Jim Manley.
Democrats have made legislation to increase the minimum wage one of their priorities for the new Congress that convenes in January.
Under federal law, lawmakers, like many federal employees, receive a cost of living increase on each Jan. 1. The increase for 2007 is pegged at 2 percent, and would put the salary for rank-and-file lawmakers at $168,500.
The maneuvering is often intense around the politically sensitive issue of pay raises, and this year has been no different.
Rep. Jim Matheson, D-Utah, sought this summer to block the increase from taking effect as part of debate on legislation to provide funds for the Transportation Department.
"I do not think that it is appropriate to let this bill go through without an up or down vote on whether or not Congress should have an increase in its own pay," he said at the time.
But by a 249-167 procedural vote, the House decided not to allow the vote Matheson wanted.
The pay raise would also apply to the vice president - who is president of the Senate - congressional leaders and Supreme Court justices. President Bush's salary of $400,000 is unaffected.
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