March 10, 2009

Senator Gillibrand Rejects Automatic Congressional Pay Raise

Co-Sponsors Legislation to Repeal Automatic Pay Raise Provision

Washington, D.C. - New York Senator Kirsten Gillibrand today signed on to co-sponsor legislation to repeal automatic pay raises for Members of Congress.  Senator Gillibrand, who personally rejected automatic pay increases during her time in the House of Representatives, joined fellow New York Senator Chuck Schumer and other colleagues in the Senate to eliminate automatic pay raises once and for all.

"It is inappropriate for Members of Congress to get an automatic pay raise, especially when many New York families are struggling through tough economic times," Senator Gillibrand said.  "Families across the country are making difficult decisions and cutting their own budgets any way they can.  They deserve a federal government that is willing to do the same.  We could put this money to much better use, helping New Yorkers during this tough economic time."

Senator Gillibrand has kept her promise to New Yorkers by voting for and co-sponsoring legislation that stops automatic pay raises each year she's been in office.  In 2007, she refused to accept her own automatic pay raise and contributed the funds to charity. 

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