Pay of Congress

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Moves of Heigher Congressional Compensation

Senate Bill for Pay Raise to $25,000 a Year

On the calendar of the U. S. Senate, awaiting an appropriate time for action, is a bill favorably reported by the Judiciary Committee in May which would increase the salaries of members of Congress from $15,000 to $25,000 a year. Senators and representatives have long had an eye on a pay raise to $25,000 but something has always arisen to interfere. Higher salaries for the national legislators were recommended by President Truman and the Hoover Commission, and have recently received warm endorsement from President Eisenhower. The proposed increase to $25,000 would make only an infinitesimal addition (.00717 per cent) to the Eisenhower budget of $74.1 billion and would cost the country only ...

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