President Obama passed an Executive Order making a federal pay raise mandatory, which includes Congress.
Congress (the House, where all spending bills are supposed to have their origin) voted DOWN their own pay raise. The split was 287 to 129, with 55 Democrats voting with the majority of Republicans.
I did the math: 136 Dems voted to approve the pay increase, with only 8 Republicans joining them for this increase in a fiscal crisis. This mean 232 Republicans voted for NO increase. Yay fiscally sound conservatives! I was glad to look into this. And of course I would say Republicans are again on the right side of history in these matters… too bad the country is not.
Much thought and a little math.