Both men think that a raise of that magnitude in these troubling economic conditions, is not in the best interest of the nation.
Mitchell spoke out on the legislation in a statement "We’re in the midst of a recession, and our elected leaders need to do the right thing, for Congress to give itself a pay raise at a time when so many hardworking Americans are suffering is unconscionable.”
Ron Paul said that Congress turning down a pay raise would demonstrate a commitment to fiscal responsibility.
If the Mitchell-Paul legislation becomes passes and becomes law, members of Congress would have to forgo their anticipated 2010 pay raise. That move would save taxpayers an estimated $2.5 million.
Mitchell and Paul introduced similar legislation last year to block the 2009 pay raise. H.R. 5087 earned 34 bipartisan co-sponsors.
The new legislation, H.R. 156, introduced yesterday has already garnered 57 co-sponsors, including another Texas congressman, Republican Michael McCaul.
In 1989, Congress passed a law that provides lawmakers with an automatic pay raise every January unless they vote specifically to reject the raise.