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Matheson Speaks Against House Pay Raise

Matheson Speaks Against House Pay Raise



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CAPITOL HILL (AP) -- House lawmakers have voted to pay themselves about four-thousand dollars more next year.

The vote came after little debate. Lawmakers decided to include themselves in a pay raise going to all federal workers next year.

The Senate has yet to vote on the measure.

Utah Democrat Jim Matheson was the only House member to speak against the automatic raise. He says it's time to show voters that lawmakers "recognize their struggle in America's economy."

Lawmakers now make 158-thousand-100 dollars a year.

(Copyright 2004 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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