Purists, like House Majority Leader Tom DeLay (R-TX) argue that calling it a "pay raise" is wrong when it's really a COLA (Cost Of Living Adjustment):
"It's not a pay raise. It's an adjustment so that they're not losing their purchasing power."
--Tom DeLay (R-TX),
quoted on 2006 Congressional Pay Raise
Congress has allowed itself a raise every year since 1998. By the way, the minimum wage has been at $5.15 since Congress last raised it in 1996 -- two years before Congress' string of four digit pay raises for itself. (AP)