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Democrat moves to block Barack Obama’s Executive Order which granted pay raises to the Congress

January 1, 2013

 In the midst of the fiscal cliff debates Barack Obama issued an Executive Order which would lift the pay freezes of many federal officials and would give the Congress–among others–a pay raise of .5% beginning in 2013. A raise of .5% is not what anyone would consider a large pay raise but it just happens to be exactly .5% more than I–and many Americans–have received in three years while we are now being asked to pay more taxes to the very same people who  will receive these raises.

  Until now not one of the ruling class elite politicians in Washington bothered to stand up and oppose this pay raise in spite of the fact they are asking ordinary Americans to “sacrifice” for the good of the country, but that changed today when Democrat Congressman John Barrow sent a letter to the House leadership asking them to oppose the pay raise.

   Here is what John Barrow had to say about Barack Obama’s decision to lift the pay freeze:

At a time when American families face real hardship, it would be irresponsible to allow Congressional pay to increase,” says Barrow in a statement. “Too many families face uncertainty in the New Year for Congress to get a bonus. Folks expect us to be looking out for them, not ourselves, and we should be working to lower taxes, cut spending, and get our nation’s debt under control. Congress should get to work, and I urge the House leadership to do anything and everything possible to stop this pay increase for Members of Congress right away.”

Barrow’s office explains: “The Executive Order called for a pay increase for Members of Congress and other elected officials of 0.5 percent after March 27, 2013. During tonight’s votes, Congressman Barrow will urge his colleagues to sign his letter to House Leadership urging them to bring legislation to the floor to block the pay increase.

  And here is the letter he sent to John Boehner and Nancy Pelosi:

Dear Speaker Boehner, Leader Cantor, Leader Pelosi, Whip Hoyer,

We oppose the pay increase for Members of Congress granted by Executive Order on December 27, 2012. The Executive Order would raise our salaries by $900 per year, beginning March 27, 2013.

We believe that it is inappropriate for Members of Congress to receive a pay increase of any size while American families and taxpayers continue to face tough economic times.

We urge you to bring legislation to the floor to stop this pay adjustment as soon as possible.

  It well be interesting to see who–if anyone–signs on to this initiative and actually puts their money where their mouths are. We will be watching…..

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11 Comments leave one →
  1. bunkerville permalink
    January 1, 2013 8:55 pm

    This should have come from the congress as previously. A deliberate attempt to send a message to congress. The dictatorship is doing fine.

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  2. Betrayed permalink
    January 2, 2013 2:36 am

    I would rather congress critters were paid well than to have them sell us out for a “position” working for a beneficiary once they retire….

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    • January 2, 2013 7:00 am

      I think that no matter how much they were paid it wouldn’t change things.

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      • January 2, 2013 11:33 am

        I agree with both of you – legislators should be sufficiently well-paid by the people that they needn’t look for money elsewhere, but today, $900 isn’t going to make much of a difference.

        I understand that not as many Members maintain residences in the DC area – apparently, changes instituted by Newt Gingrich a few years ago made commutation a real alternative. While they no longer must bear the cost of DC residences, they now have less of an opportunity to get together outside the office. The nostalgic stories about President Reagan and Speaker O’Neill are not apocryphal, and don’t relate just to those two gentlemen. Perhaps time spent together outside the office by people who are adversaries in the office is a good thing for the nation.

        TGY

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      • January 2, 2013 7:08 pm

        I think there is something to be said for that TGY. I think there is nothing wrong with men hashing out their differences over a few beers after work hours while trying to come to an agreement, but I think those days are long gone because too many politicians in Washington are only concerned with their futures and not with the future of the country.

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  3. January 2, 2013 11:28 am

    Somehow, I doubt that the President issued his EO to reward the Congress or to acknowledge the value of its work. Instead, he lifted a salary freeze on all federal employees that had been in effect for a while, and probably couldn’t exclude members of Congress from the benefit.

    Here’s to a safe, healthy, productive, prosperous, and happy New Year, and may God bless us all!

    TGY

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    • January 2, 2013 7:14 pm

      I agree TGY, I don’t think this was a reward for a job well done but the timing was bad considering the circumstances surrounding the fiscal cliff at the time. You’ll notice that I didn’t complain about the president using an EO to do this and that is because he is the one who put the pay freeze in effect in the first place. $900 certainly isn’t going to make or break anyone in the Congress, it was basically a symbolic issue and while I am not usually for symbolic or “moral victories” it did seem to be an odd time to make this announcement.

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  4. January 3, 2013 12:38 am

    Keep in mind congress is now free to vote themselves an even higher pay increase.

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    • January 3, 2013 7:30 am

      True!

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