With final passage of the Taxpayer Relief Act of 2012 (H.R. 8) -- the bill to avert the "fiscal cliff" -- the U.S. Congress has rejected the 0.5% cost of living raise authorized for it by President Obama in his executive order of Dec. 27, 2012.
Passed by the Senate on Dec. 31, 2012 and by the House on Jan. 1, 2013, the Taxpayer Relief Act of 2012 includes Section 803, stating, "Notwithstanding any other provision of law, no adjustment shall be made under section 601(a) of the Legislative Reorganization Act of 1946 (2 U.S.C. 31) relating to cost of living adjustments for Members of Congress during fiscal year 2013."
The Taxpayer Relief Act of 2012 now goes to President Obama, who is expected to sign it soon.
Congress last accepted a cost of living raise in 2009.
Along with a 0.5% raise for Congress, President Obama's executive order authorized raises of from 0.5% to 1.0% for all civilian federal employees, 0.5% for Supreme Court justices and federal judges, and a 2.38% raise for the Vice President of the United States, effective March 27, 2013.
The raises for federal employees, federal judges, and the Vice President are not affected by the passage of the Taxpayer Relief Act of 2012.