Begich wants to freeze congressional pay for 2011

Posted: Monday, April 26, 2010

JUNEAU - U.S. Sen. Mark Begich wants to freeze pay for members of Congress.

Begich's office says the Alaska Democrat introduced a budget amendment to a resolution passed by the Senate Budget Committee that would freeze pay for 2011.

The full Senate has approved a measure that would stop automatic raises for next year. Begich's office says he supported that but that his amendment is separate and, if passed on the floor, would bar members from voting on pay raises for themselves, too.

Begich said in a statement that there's "no reason" congressional members should get a pay increase this year. He said the economy's fragile and Alaskans are working to find or keep jobs.

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