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Senator Sinema aims to block Congressional raises

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Posted at 11:44 AM, Jun 21, 2019
and last updated 2019-07-03 12:19:07-04

TUCSON, Ariz. - Arizona Senator Kyrsten Sinema is urging no pay raises for members of Congress for this year.

In a letter addressed to the Committee on Appropriations, Sinema teamed up with Republican Senators Rick Scott (Fla.) and Mike Braun (Ind.) to call for a plan that will safeguard taypayer dollars against what they deem to be unnecessary raises for 2020.

"There is no reason members of Congress should receive an increase in their taxpayer-funded salaries, especially when there are so many issues important to American families that we should be focused on instead." the Senators wrote.

No word yet on Senate Appropriations Committee's response.

The 27th Amendment to the Constitution currently prohibits any Congressional pay raises from taking effect until the next Congress comes into office, though courts have ruled that annual cost-of-living adjustments are exempt from it.

The full letter can be read here.