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Wednesday, June 29, 2005
  Automatic Pay Raises, it's good to be the king. Now exactly what did these yammering knuckleheads do to deserve a raise?!
Congress to Get Raise - New York Times: "WASHINGTON, June 28 - The House agreed Tuesday that members of Congress should earn $3,100 more next year, bringing their salaries to $165,200.

By a vote of 263 to 152, the House blocked a bid by Representative Jim Matheson, Democrat of Utah, to force a vote on the increase. Instead, lawmakers will automatically receive the money as provided for in a 1989 law that barred them from accepting large speaking fees in exchange for an annual cost of living adjustment.

Mr. Matheson was the only House member to speak out against the increase, which will take effect in January."
 
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