Matheson to Donate His Pay Raise

Matheson to Donate His Pay Raise

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CEDAR CITY, Utah (AP) -- Rep. Jim Matheson will donate his pay raise this week, as he has been doing every year.

The 2nd District Democrat will distribute his pay raise Wednesday among a variety of nonprofit organizations throughout his district.

They will include the Canyon Creek Women's Crisis Center and the Iron County Care and Share.

"Congressman Matheson did the same thing for the Canyon Creek Women's Crisis Center last year and is doing it again," said Anne Yero, director of the center. "His donation is very generous and we really appreciate his support ... because all of the money go (toward) providing 24-hour services to the battered woman and their children who are victims of domestic violence."

Matheson has been the only dissenting voice in the House to the automatic pay raise for the past five years.

This year's pay increase of $3,100 brings the annual salary for members of the House to $165,200.

Senators voted 96-2 to eliminate the pay raise. However, House negotiators reinserted the extra pay in the final bill that was forwarded to President Bush.

(Copyright 2005 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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