[Query Regarding Legal Rates of Pay for Members of Congress]

B-210075: Published: Dec 23, 1982. Publicly Released: Dec 23, 1982.

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GAO was asked what the rate of pay for Members of Congress would be if the pay cap, which was imposed by law until December 17, 1982, were removed. Under the provisions of statutory law, the scheduled rate of pay for Members generally is $77,300 with higher rates applicable for House and Senate leadership. However, appropriated funds have been denied to pay Members more than $60,662.50. If the appropriation limitation expires and a limitation is not otherwise enacted, the pay of Members will automatically increase to the $77,300 rate authorized by law.

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