LINKEDINCOMMENTMORE

WASHINGTON (AP) - A Senate committee has voted to deny lawmakers the cost-of-living pay raise they would otherwise get automatically in January.

The move by the Appropriations Committee would freeze congressional salaries at $174,000 a year. It's part of a bill to fund Congress' budget, which cleared the panel by a voice vote. The committee followed the House in voting to deny the raise.

Lawmakers haven't gotten a pay increase since January 2009.

Bipartisan reforms in 1989 gave lawmakers a big pay increase in exchange for dropping the much-criticized practice of accepting money from outside interest groups for speeches.

That legislation also gave lawmakers annual cost-of-living pay increases, but lawmakers have often voted to deny themselves the pay hikes.

(Copyright 2014 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)

Read or Share this story: http://on.ksdk.com/1qirEF3