Ark. senate candidate says he'd oppose pay raises

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) - Democratic Senate candidate Bill Halter says if elected he wouldn't accept any cost-of-living pay raises as long as there's a federal budget deficit.

Halter on Tuesday said he would oppose any automatic pay raises and would donate the money to charity if any were approved in Congress. The Arkansas lieutenant governor is challenging Democratic Sen. Blanche Lincoln in the May 18 primary.

Members of the House and Senate under current federal law receive automatic cost-of-living raises each year, unless they pass legislation rejecting the raise. Congress rejected a pay raise for this year.

Halter also said that if elected he'd hold town hall meetings in all 75 counties, make his schedules available to the public online and never become a lobbyist after serving in the Senate.

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