Y=Yes N=No X=Not Voting
CONGRESSIONAL PAY RAISE: Members on Sept. 14 blocked, 235 for and 170 against, a bid for a direct vote on a pay increase that would push congressional salaries above $160,000 for the first time. Had opponents won this procedural vote during debate on HR 5025, they would have offered an amendment to kill the raise. In recent decades, House members have rejected pay hikes when forced to vote directly on them.
Party Home Town Vote 1 Tim Bishop D Southampton N 2 Steve Israel D Dix Hills Y 3 Peter King R Seaford Y 4 Carolyn McCarthy D Mineola Y 5 Gary Ackerman D Queens X 6 Gregory Meeks D Far Rockaway Y 7 Joseph Crowley D Elmhurst X 8 Jerrold Nadler D Manhattan Y 9 Anthony Weiner D Brooklyn Y 10 Edolphus Towns D Brooklyn X 11 Major Owens D Brooklyn X 12 Nydia Velazquez D Brooklyn Y 13 Vito Fossella R Great Kills N 14 Carolyn Maloney D Manhattan Y 15 Charles Rangel D Harlem Y 16 Jose Serrano D Bronx X 17 Eliot Engel D Bronx X 18 Nita Lowey D Harrison Y 19 Sue Kelly R Katonah N 20 John Sweeney R Troy Y 21 Michael McNulty D Green Island Y 22 Maurice Hinchey D Saugerties Y 23 John McHugh R Pierrepont Manor Y 24 Sherwood Boehlert R New Hartford X 25 James Walsh R Syracuse Y 26 Thomas Reynolds R Springville Y 27 Jack Quinn R Hamburg Y 28 Louise Slaughter D Fairport X 29 Amory Houghton R Corning Y
Scheduled for Jan. 1, 2005, the 2.5 percent increase would boost salaries for most House members and senators to about $162,000. Congressional leaders receive more. The Senate has not yet taken up the issue.
No supporter of the raise spoke during brief debate on this procedural motion.
Opponent Jim Matheson, D-Utah, said that given economic struggles at home and U.S. military actions abroad, "now is not the time for members of Congress to be voting themselves a pay raise. We need to show the American people that we are willing to make sacrifices."
A yes vote was to advance a congressional pay raise.