- The Washington Times - Thursday, March 12, 2009

WASHINGTON (AP) - Even if the Senate passes a bill to ban Congress’ automatic pay raises, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi is not promising to bring up a similar bill in the House.

Asked if the current economic climate is a good time for lawmakers to vote on their pay raises, Pelosi said the House routinely debates and votes on that subject. Last year, they did not do so.

The Senate voted this week to skip their automatic pay raise next year because of the recession. The House had voted earlier to do so. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid says he is committed to passing a bill to ban automatic hikes.

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