House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer is actively talking to members of both parties, searching for enough support to get the first member pay raise in a decade across the finish line.
It's a rare moment in which leaders from both parties in the chamber are at least open to an incendiary provision but face pushback from some rank-and-file members.
Supporters of the pay raise also point to the dozens of members that live in their offices due to surging costs of housing in Washington over the past decade.
"We're virtually the only business in the world that asks you to be away from home three or four nights a week and doesn't reimburse you for the cost of lodging or the cost of food," said Democratic Rep. Don Beyer, who lives in the Virginia district he represents just outside of DC. "In any other business you have to do that. It's really hard for an awful lot of the folks here to try to maintain two homes or one home and a half."
It's really hard for an awful lot of Americans to maintain ONE home.
Rep. Jennifer Wexton, one of the Democratic freshmen who flipped a Republican seat in Northern Virginia, said members weren't elected to give themselves a pay raise.
"We need to make sure the American people get a pay raise," she told CNN.
Republican. Rep. Tom Reed, who co-chairs the bipartisan Problem Solvers Caucus, said the need for a pay raise is a "legitimate question to ask" but said Congress simply doesn't deserve it yet. "We have to do some work here in DC before we can legitimately ask for that, so I don't support doing that."
Democratic Rep. Max Rose of New York expressed frustration that Congress is even debating the issue.
"I'm sick and tired of seeing people on both sides of the aisle grandstanding around this issue, which is less than a drop in the bucket for the American people in terms of our budget," said the New York Democrat. "They're grandstanding to make it seem like they're fighting."
"You want to fight for the American people, do something about health care costs, let's do something about infrastructure, let's do something about rampant corporate power," he said. "That's what I care about. I'm sick and tired of this crap."
CAll your MoC and let them know you're "sick and tired of this crap" also.