TribLIVE

| USWorld


 
Larger text Larger text Smaller text Smaller text | Order Photo Reprints

House to consider overturning pay raise Obama granted federal workers

Email Newsletters

Click here to sign up for one of our email newsletters.

Daily Photo Galleries

By The Associated Press
Wednesday, Jan. 16, 2013, 7:52 p.m.
 

WASHINGTON — The House next week will take up legislation to overturn an order from President Obama giving federal workers a 0.5 percent pay raise, House Majority Leader Eric Cantor, R-Va., said on Wednesday.

The legislation, sponsored by GOP freshman Ron DeSantis of Florida, would continue a pay freeze for the federal government's 2 million employees that has been effect for more than two years.

Republicans said that stopping the pay increase from going into effect when the current stopgap measure to fund the government ends on March 27 would save taxpayers $11 billion over 10 years.

“As President Obama continues to say one thing and do another on deficit spending, it is appropriate for Congress to challenge his unilateral decision to spend $11 billion on non-merit pay raises for federal workers,” said House Oversight and Government Reform Committee chairman Darrell Issa, R-Calif.

Obama on Dec. 27 issued an executive order extending the raise to all federal employees, including members of Congress. As part of the deal to prevent the government from going over the so-called fiscal cliff, Congress reversed the section of that order which would have given its own members a $900 annual raise. Senators and representatives make $174,000 a year.

While the DeSantis bill has enough Republican votes to pass the House, it faces a tougher road in the Democratic-controlled Senate.

Subscribe today! Click here for our subscription offers.

 

 


Show commenting policy

Most-Read Nation

  1. House panel OKs fast-track trade bill
  2. Magma chamber spied under Yellowstone volcano
  3. Florida fraternity members spit on disabled veterans at retreat
  4. ‘Organic’ tag on water-raised produce raises ire
  5. House demands details of Taliban detainees swap for Bergdahl
  6. Residents guide geese out of town
  7. 15 buffalo that escaped from farm killed in upstate N.Y.
  8. Administration turns up heat on Medicaid expansion
  9. Footage of protesters walking on flag sparks strife at Georgia university
  10. HIV cases tied to drug use multiply daily in Indiana
  11. Bomb threat clears Statue of Liberty