Supporters of the provision, such as House Administration Chairwoman Candice S. Miller, R-Mich., argue the salaries will not be changed, only held in escrow until either chamber adopts a budget resolution or until the end of the 113th Congress.
Former Rep. Bob Edgar, D-Pa., president of Common Cause, a government watchdog group, said the provision would set a troubling precedent and prompt similar measures tying salaries to policy bills. And, he said, it could discourage citizens of modest means from running for the House and the Senate.
“We are electing House and Senate members to serve the public interest, not their personal interest,” Edgar said.
Vice President Joe Biden waits to conduct a mock swearing-in ceremony with Sen. Brian Schatz, D-Hawaii, in the Capitol's Old Senate Chamber, December 2, 2014. Schatz was sworn in to serve the remainder of his term since he was appointed to the seat after Sen. Daniel Inouye, D-Hawaii, passed away.