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
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