Congress cannot withhold cost-of-living adjustments that were promised for federal judges, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit ruled in a 10-2 decision. The ruling reversed the court’s 2001 decision on the issue.
Lyle Denniston reported for SCOTUSblog, “After battling for years to get a pay raise that they say Congress had once promised them, six federal judges finally won in a specialized federal court on Friday. If the ruling withstands a likely trip to the Supreme Court, those judges – and presumably others – will get annual cost-of-living increases that have been specifically vetoed by Congress. ”