by Melissa Koenig and Morgan Phillips at Daily Mail
- House Democrats secretly passed a new rule that will see lawmakers get a $34,000 pay raise
- It allows House members to be reimbursed for the cost of lodging, food and travel while on official business in DC
- The rule change was not debated on the House floor and many members only found out about the change on Tuesday
- Advocates say it is necessary to allow more people to serve in Congress, but Republicans say it should have been publicly debated
In one of their final acts in power, House Democrats secretly passed through a rule change that will see lawmakers in the lower chamber get a $34,000 pay raise.
The new rule, proposed by Democrats on the House Administration Committee, allows House members to be reimbursed for the cost of lodging, food and travel while on official business in Washington DC.
It was tucked into the House’s internal rules, rather than in annual spending bills, and therefore was not debated on the House floor, according to the New York Times. …Continue Reading