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Dem Representative Moves to Block Obama's Congressional Pay Increase

Posted by on Jan. 1, 2013 at 7:07 AM
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A Democratic member of Congress is moving to block President Barack Obama's congressional pay increase. The move, led by John Barrow of Georgia, is to prevent the pay increase that Obama issued through an executive order from going into effect.

"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."

Here's the letter Barrow is circulating to send to House leadership:

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.

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by on Jan. 1, 2013 at 7:07 AM
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shimamab
by on Jan. 1, 2013 at 8:23 AM
Huh, that's something you don't see every day. Good for him...but I'm skeptical about this gaining enough traction to be passed.
sweet-a-kins
by Emerald Member on Jan. 1, 2013 at 8:44 AM
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He doesn't have to do that, they can refuse their own pay increase without hurting all the OTHER federal employees this will affect - people that actually do their job
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Claire-Huxtable
by on Jan. 1, 2013 at 8:48 AM

Good move by him.

cjsbmom
by Lois Lane on Jan. 1, 2013 at 8:50 AM
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 They won't refuse their own pay increases. Never do.

And I don't believe Congress' pay should be linked with other federal employees' pay increases. That's ridiculous. Congress already makes too much, IMO. That's not the case with other federal employees, including our military.

Quoting sweet-a-kins:

He doesn't have to do that, they can refuse their own pay increase without hurting all the OTHER federal employees this will affect - people that actually do their job

 

LoveMyBoyK
by Ruby Member on Jan. 1, 2013 at 8:50 AM
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Good for him. Now let us see who gets behind it, and who opposes it, and use that to determine Who we boot out on their asses next time around!!
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Claire-Huxtable
by on Jan. 1, 2013 at 8:53 AM

Not true at all

Quoting cjsbmom:

 They won't refuse their own pay increases. Never do.

And I don't believe Congress' pay should be linked with other federal employees' pay increases. That's ridiculous. Congress already makes too much, IMO. That's not the case with other federal employees, including our military.

Quoting sweet-a-kins:

He doesn't have to do that, they can refuse their own pay increase without hurting all the OTHER federal employees this will affect - people that actually do their job

 


sweet-a-kins
by Emerald Member on Jan. 1, 2013 at 8:54 AM
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Quoting LoveMyBoyK:

Good for him. Now let us see who gets behind it, and who opposes it, and use that to determine Who we boot out on their asses next time around!!



Congress can refuse their own pay raise without affecting all the other federal employees

LoveMyBoyK
by Ruby Member on Jan. 1, 2013 at 8:59 AM
I am aware of that, dear.


Quoting sweet-a-kins:

Quoting LoveMyBoyK:

Good for him. Now let us see who gets behind it, and who opposes it, and use that to determine Who we boot out on their asses next time around!!





Congress can refuse their own pay raise without affecting all the other federal employees

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_Kissy_
by on Jan. 1, 2013 at 9:28 AM
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Oh? No fiscally sound Republican came forth with this. Whoda thunk it.
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sweet-a-kins
by Emerald Member on Jan. 1, 2013 at 9:36 AM
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Ok dear so why should all other federal employee be affected because congress is incompetent ?

Quoting LoveMyBoyK:

I am aware of that, dear.




Quoting sweet-a-kins:

Quoting LoveMyBoyK:

Good for him. Now let us see who gets behind it, and who opposes it, and use that to determine Who we boot out on their asses next time around!!







Congress can refuse their own pay raise without affecting all the other federal employees

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