September 1, 2014
WASHINGTON (AP) - The Supreme Court won't stop some federal judges from getting cost-of-living increases promised to them by Congress but never paid.
The high court on Monday refused to hear an appeal of a decision ordering the money to six federal judges. Congress in 1989 limited federal judges' ability to earn money outside of their job, giving them instead automatic cost-of-living increases. But Congress withheld those cost-of-living increases in 1995, 1996, 1997, 1999, 2007 and 2010.
The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit in October ordered Congress to pay the six federal judges who sued for their back pay. The justices refused to reconsider that decision.
District court judges make $174,000, and circuit court judges, $184,500. The American Bar Association says it should be approximately $262,000 and $247,000.