On what date did Congress vote itself a raise for 2009?

Was it on December 2008 for the next year?
Asked Dec 27, 2009
Soruce: http://usgovinfo.about.com/cs/agencies/a/raise4congress.htm

Want a raise? Don't beg to your boss. Just vote yourself one. That's what the United States Congress just did. For the fifth year in a row, lawmakers voted not to reject their automatic "cost of living" raise that will increase the annual salary of members by $3,400 to a total of $158,103 per year.
In 1989, Congress passed an amendment allowing for the automatic raises, unless lawmakers specifically voted to reject it. Which Congress did, until 2000.

The fiscal year 2004 Transportation and Treasury Department Appropriations bill included Congress' 2.2 percent pay raise, along with a 4.1 percent raise for federal workers and military personnel.

"Members of Congress have the only job in the country whose occupants can set their own salary without regard to performance, profit, or economic climate," said Tom Schatz, president of the Council for Citizens Against Government Waste in a press release. "Clearly, members must think that money grows on trees. With a $480 billion deficit, the escalating cost of the war in Iraq, and a stagnant economy, Congress should be curbing spending, not lining their pockets at our expense."

In the House of Representatives, Rep. Jim Matheson's (D-Utah, 2nd) motion to bring the pay raise to a separate vote was rejected 240-173. The Senate must still pass the bill and it must then be signed by President Bush before the pay raises can take effect. Individual members are free to refuse their pay increases, and some choose to do so.

Congress has now voted itself a total of $16,700 in raises over the last six years. Since 1990, congressional pay has increased from $98,400 to $154,700 in 2003.

Individual members are free to refuse their pay increases, and some choose to do so.

From 1789 to 1815, members of Congress received only a per diem (daily payment) of $6.00 while in session. Members began receiving an annual salary in 1815, when they were paid $1,500 per year.

"This underserved pay raise is no surprise, as the 108th Congress has shown a voracious appetite for spending," Schatz concluded. "It goes to show how out of touch with reality politicians can be. They forget that their salaries are paid by taxpayers. Americans are being forced to tighten their belts—if they even have a job—yet members of Congress will have an extra $3,400 to do with as they please
Answered Dec 27, 2009
For those of you who can't read dates, let me enlighten you. The above answer by "figment" was copied verbatim from an article about the 2004 pay raise voted by Congress. Here's the link:
ajay36 Jan 08, 2010
dude thats the same link i gave at top so dont give any crap
figment Jan 08, 2010
If you can't read it clearly says SOURCE
figment Jan 08, 2010
Congress and Senate passed a bill (unknown to the public) in 1989 for them to receive annual pay raises no matter what. They voted not to allow Seniors or retired military to receive their COLA for 2010 and 2011, yet they will receive their pay raise automatic.
Answered Oct 14, 2010
I don't understand where they get that the cost of living has not increased. Have any of these idiots even been in a grocery store in the past two years, or do they not worry about how much groceries cost? For the first time EVER, this year our electricity bills have soared to over $300. in almost every month and that's with only two in the house, turning off lights constantly and trying to conserve. Our health insurance has skyrocketed since all the hoopdela about national insurance and the benefits have dropped. Phone bills have increased and most of those increases are tacked on intra state fees, federal fees, blah, blah blah, that are generally not approved down the line and have to be returned but not before somebody makes a slew on the money. And what about our congress? Before my retirement, my boss and her two HSP Administrative Personnel each took 20% pay REDUCTIONS to keep from laying off personnel. They have still not given themselves these cuts back. This is for a non profit service organization for children who's living expenses are out of sight for food, utilitilities, gasoline, everything! The cost of living is soaring so I don't understand how it can be determined that it isn't.
To be fair regarding congress, however...not all congress persons elected to accept pay raises. Good for them. . .
Answered Oct 15, 2010

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