Begich, Murkowski Oppose Congressional Pay Raises

FAIRBANKS, Ak - With a stroke of a pen, President Barack Obama has signed an executive order that will provide pay raises for both Federal workers and members of Congress.

The order, signed last week, will raise senators and representatives pay from the average of $174,000 a year to $174,900.

Both Alaska senators, Republican Lisa Murkowksi and Democrat Mark Begich say they oppose the automatic pay raises.

Murkowski said she supports the congressional pay freeze that has been in effect since 2013.

Senator Begich posted on his Facebook page that the American people don't get automatic pay raises and neither should members of Congress.

A spokesperson for the Begich camp said the senator's post set the record for the most likes, comments and shares he's had on any post.