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.
Terri Henderson, 6, center, whose mother is El Salvador, attends a rally with members of Congress at Union Station's Columbus Circle to announce the Restore Opportunity, Strengthen, and Improve the Economy (ROSIE) Act on July 29, 2014. The legislation provides incentives for government contractors to pay a living wage and other benefits that would help low-income workers.