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Paccione Makes Pledge on Congressional Pay Raises - 9/30/2006

For Immediate Release: September 30, 2006
Contact: James Thompson
(970) 222-6397

Paccione Makes Pledge on Congressional Pay Raises

Angie Paccione pledges not to vote for a Congressional pay raise until the federal minimum wage is increased.

LAMAR—In an interview with the Lamar Daily News in Southeastern Colorado on Saturday, State Rep. Angie Paccione announced that in Congress she will not vote to raise Congressional pay until the federal minimum wage is increased.

Paccione’s opponent in Colorado’s Fourth Congressional District, Marilyn Musgrave, has voted five times against a minimum wage increase, and in June she voted to allow a Congressional pay raise to pass, giving all members an increase of $3,330 a year.

The June vote was on a procedural motion to force a vote on the automatic pay raise, which Musgrave voted against (Roll Call Vote #261, 6/13/06). Under federal law, members automatically receive an annual pay raise unless Congress votes to block the increase from being implemented. The Republican-led Congress in the 1990s shunned pay raises, but lately the raise has been commonly accepted. Democratic Rep. Jim Matheson tried to block the current increase, but was defeated. 

Paccione said Musgrave’s vote placed an extra burden on working taxpayers already struggling to pay for mortgages, higher education, healthcare and gasoline.

“When I’m in Congress, I won’t vote for a pay raise until the people who really need a pay raise get what they deserve,” Paccione said. “That’s what principled leadership is all about, putting the needs of your constituents first.”

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