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