FACT CHECK: Sherrod Brown Has Voted Against Raising His Pay Numerous Times

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FACT CHECK: Sherrod Brown Has Voted Against Raising His Pay Numerous Times

JOSH CLAIMS: Sherrod voted to give himself a pay raise 6 times.

THE TRUTH:  Sherrod voted multiple times against raising his pay.

1. Sherrod voted multiple times against giving himself a pay raise.  [Vote 317, 7/16/96; Vote 300, 7/15/99; Vote 267, 7/25/01; Vote 463, 9/4/03; Vote 451, 9/14/04; Vote 327, 6/28/05; Vote 261, 6/13/06]

Sen. Brown Has Voted AgainstPay Increases At Least 7 Times. [Vote 317, 7/16/96; Vote 300, 7/15/99; Vote 267, 7/25/01; Vote 463, 9/4/03; Vote 451, 9/14/04; Vote 327, 6/28/05; Vote 261, 6/13/06]

Sen. Brown Introduced Legislation That Would Require Lawmakers To Wait Until Age 66, Instead Of 50, To Receive Their Pensions.  In September 2011, The Columbus Dispatch reported “Sen. Sherrod Brown, D-Ohio, introduced a bill in April that would require a lawmaker to wait until age 66 before receiving a pension — the same age as Social Security. Currently, a member can retire as early as age 50 with a full pension, depending on how long they’ve served.  In a conference call with Ohio reporters yesterday, Brown said he would support a bill to reduce salaries, although he acknowledged that he does not ‘hear a lot of talk about that.’ In 2009, Brown donated to charity his automatic congressional pay raise.”  [Columbus Dispatch, 09/14/11]

Sherrod Brown Quietly Sets Aside Ten Percent Of His Salary For Charities. In February 2012, The Columbus Dispatch wrote “does anybody really believe that Sherrod Brown is a tax cheat? This is a guy who very quietly sets aside 10 percent of his salary every year for charities, such as food banks and free clinics.”  [Columbus Dispatch, 02/20/12]