Dems Passed Secret Rule That Gives Lawmakers $34K Pay Increase

US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi speaks during a press conference at the COP27 convention complex in Egypt's Red Sea resort city of Sharm el-Sheikh, on November 11, 2022. (Photo by JOSEPH EID / AFP) (Photo by JOSEPH EID/AFP via Getty Images)

At a glance

  • 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.

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