#1 Dem Representative Moves to Block Obama's Congressional Pay Increase01-01-2013, 09:40 PM
2:37 PM, Dec 31, 2012 • By DANIEL HALPER
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."
01-02-2013, 10:49 AM
One would think that congress would oppose it for not other reason than that it is a revenue bill, which cannot be imposed by the executive branch. This, BTW, may be why Obama has done it. If congress permits him to allocate revenues by decree, then they will establish the precedent, and Obama won't have to go to congress to demand more spending.--Odysseus
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