Senate lifts freeze on pay raises for federal judges Holly Manges Jones at 7:42 AM ET
[JURIST] The US Senate [official website] Monday unanimously approved lifting a freeze on pay increases [S. 197 text] for federal judges. The freeze was imposed last month when a bill was passed by Congress to halt yearly cost-of-living raises for lawmakers and judges until February 15. The measure was passed as part of a commitment by Democrats to keep Congressional pay at the same rate until the federal minimum wage of $5.15 [US Department of Labor fact sheet] is increased. If the new bill also passes in the US House of Representatives [official website], judges will receive their 1.7 percent cost-of-living adjustment (COLA) retroactive to January 1.
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