Missouri Lawmakers Accept Pay Hike

JUNE 14, 2006 - Posted at 8:00 a.m. CST

WASHINGTON (AP) _ Six of the nine members of Missouri's U-S

House delegation voted to accept a two-percent cost-of-living

raise, which passed easily.

That translates into a 33-hundred dollar pay raise, increasing

their salaries to 168-thousand-500 dollars.

Democrats William Clay, Emanuel Cleaver and Ike Skelton and

Republicans Todd Akin, Roy Blunt and Sam Graves all voted in favor

of accepting the raise.

Republicans Jo Ann Emerson and Kenny Hulshof and Democrat Russ

Carnahan voted against it.

The increase is automatically awarded unless lawmakers vote to

block it.

As part of an ethics reform bill in 1989, lawmakers gave up

their ability to accept pay for speeches and made annual

cost-of-living pay increases automatic unless the lawmakers voted

otherwise.