According to an AP article:
The Republican-controlled Congress helped itself to a $3,100 pay raise on Friday, then postponed work on bills to curb spending on social programs and cut taxes in favor of a two-week vacation.Of course there's nothing important that needs to be done at the moment. I mean it's not like there's a huge spending crisis that needs to be fixed, or an important tax cut on the table. Oh right, there is on both accounts. It sure is a good thing they squeezed in that super-important pay raise before the break. Wouldn't want to go home with $162,100 instead of $165,200, you can't possibly expect to feed the kids on those meager wages!