Blumenthal signs on to bill nixing congressional pay raises

Sen. Richard Blumenthal hasn’t unveiled his own maiden Senate legislation yet. But he has signed on to a few measures introduced by his colleagues, including a measure to reform Senate rules and repeal an irksome paperwork provision in the health care reform law.

On Wednesday, Blumenthal also co-sponsored a bill to repeal automatic pay raises for members of Congress. The measure’s chief proponent is Sen. Claire McCaskill, D-Mo.

“While Connecticut families continue to struggle with the burden and uncertainty of unemployment or pay cuts, it is irresponsible for Congress to accept pay raises,” Blumenthal said in a statement.

In the last couple of years, Congress has voted to nix those cost-of-living hikes, a political no-brainer at a time of deep economic anxiety.