Congress set to vote on pay increase

The Capitol is seen in Washington, Friday, April 19, 2019. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

WASHINGTON (WTHR) — Congress is set to vote next week on a pay raise for themselves.

It would be a 2.6 percent increase, which is roughly $4,000 more a year for most members of Congress.

Because of the Great Recession, pay was capped at $174,000 in 2009. This vote would also end that pay freeze.

Some members have said the salary, though high compared to the median Indianapolis household income of $45,000, isn't enough to cover skyrocketing Washington housing costs on top of keeping a home back in their home states plus rising college costs for their children.

Had Congress taken raises each year instead of freezing them in 2009, they'd be making closer to $208,000 today, according to the Associated Press.

"It's been more than a decade," House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., told the AP last month. "I've got members who are leaving over this."

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