More than 200 years after it was proposed as part of the original Bill of Rights, this amendment prohibited members of Congress from receiving an increase in salary until after the next election had been held.
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When it comes to amendments in the Constitution, the 27th amendment, which deals with congressional pay, isn’t as well known as others. But the question of congressional pay raises—or cuts—has gotten a lot of attention recently.
As lawmakers and President Obama haggle over a sequester deal in Washington this week, people are nervous about more than $1 trillion in budget cuts and how they will affect jobs and the economy.
Congressional staffers face layoffs and furloughs in two weeks, but Congress members made sure their own paychecks were safe when passing the “sequester law” in 2011.
The Senate has approved legislation that extends the nation’s debt ceiling until May, despite some concerns the bill conflicts with the 27th Amendment.