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President Obama today signed H.R.5146, "a bill to provide that Members of Congress shall not receive a cost of living adjustment in pay during fiscal year 2011," into law.

Under the 1946 Legislative Reorganization Act every member of Congress is automatically granted an annual "cost of living adjustment" (a.k.a. a pay raise) of about $1,500. Senators and Representtaives are currently paid $174,000 per year. 2011 will be the second year in a row that Congress has voted to deny themselves the raise.

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The House voted today to block an automatic pay raise for themselves that is scheduled to happen next year. Each year, Congress is automatically given a pay raise (a.k.a. a "cost of living adjustment") of about $1,500, but they blocked this year's pay raise last year and with both chambers of Congress now having now passed legislation for 2011, they are set to block next year's raise as well. Senators and representatives currently make $174,000 a year.

The final vote count was 402-15, with 13 members not voting. Here's a list of the 15 "no" votes (all Democrats):

 

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