Fee Speech

The Senate votes for a limit

Most U.S. Senators' talk hardly comes cheap. According to records made public last month, 85 of them reported a record total of $2.4 million in honorariums last year, chiefly for speaking to business and labor groups. Six earned more in lectures than their $60,662 annual salaries.

But those speakeasy days of silver-tongued oratory may be numbered. Largely be cause of negative publicity and the parliamentary persistence of Senator Henry ("Scoop") Jackson, the Washington Democrat, the Senate last week voted 51 to 41 to limit its members' honorariums to 30% of their salaries, or about $18,200.

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