The House Judiciary Committee on Wednesday approved a bill that would give federal judges their first pay raise in two decades, pushing them to the fore of federal earners.

The bill, passed by a 28-5 vote, also would increase the workload for senior judges, raise the retirement age for full pension and discourage retired judges from taking work in the private sector. The vote margin suggests the bill’s prospects are good, but the full House is unlikely take up the legislation before the end of the year.

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