Golden, Fitzpatrick Lead Bipartisan Push to Block Pay Raise for Congress

March 6, 2020
Press Release
“This is all, for me, based on a simple lesson I learned in the Marines… It’s why I am opposed to having a discussion about pay raises for Members of Congress, no matter how well-intentioned, until we put our constituents first.”

VIDEO: Rep. Golden Addresses the Committee

WASHINGTON — Congressman Jared Golden (ME-02) and Republican Congressman Brian Fitzpatrick (PA-01) testified against a pay raise for Members of Congress in front of the House Legislative Branch Appropriations Subcommittee this week. Golden and Fitzpatrick requested language in the Fiscal Year 2021 funding bill for the legislative branch. Absent congressional action, members of Congress would receive a raise of at least $4,500 next year. 

“A middle-of-the-road income for a household in my district is $48,000. That’s about a third of what a member of Congress makes. The people I represent wouldn’t keep their jobs, let alone get a raise, unless they got their work done. Congress shouldn’t be any different,” Golden said.

“Representing your community in Congress is about public service, not about how big your paycheck is,” continued Golden. “Until Congress can demonstrate to the American people that it can work in a bipartisan, bicameral way to solve our nation’s most pressing challenges, we believe that including this language in the appropriations bill to block the proposed pay raise for Members of Congress is the right thing to do.”

Golden has a strong record of leadership against efforts to raise congressional pay, and to deny pay to Members of Congress when they won’t do their jobs. Last year, Golden and Fitzpatrick successfully led a bipartisan group of 20 lawmakers to block a previous attempt to raise salaries for Members of Congress. The group emphasized that Congress already made more than 90% of American households, including hundreds of thousands in Golden’s district. 

Golden also introduced the Solidarity in Salary Act with Republican Congressman Dan Crenshaw (TX-02) and Congressman Max Rose (NY-11), to hold Congress accountable during government shutdowns by withholding the salaries of Members of Congress, the president, and vice president until the government is reopened. 

You can watch Congressman Golden and Congressman Fitzpatrick’s full testimony here.