The U.S. House & Senate have voted themselves $4,700 and $5,300 raises. They voted not to give a Social Security cost of living raise in 2010 and 2011. Medicaid premiums will probably go up $285.60 for the 2-years and no 3% COLA: $660/yr. The total 2-year loss and cost is -$1,600 or -$3,200 for a husband and wife.
Over 2-years The House & Senate each got $10,000 raises.