As President Barack Obama introduced 23 executive orders all purporting to prevent gun violence, a House Republicans introduced a bill that would reverse a previous executive order ending a federal pay freeze.
On December 28, the president signed an order that granted pay raises to members of Congress, Vice President Joe Biden and federal employees.
“The President has once again demonstrated his penchant for unrestrained spending by giving federal employees an across the board pay hike and sticking the rest of us with the $11 billion bill,” Rep. Ron DeSantis, R-Fla., said Wednesday in a statement. “At a time when the average federal worker compensation is nearly double the median U.S. household income, and attrition from the federal workforce is already at an all-time low, we simply cannot afford this unnecessary and unilateral action by the President.”
Earlier this month, Congress voted down its own modest pay increase, according to The Washington Examiner, however the annual $6,379 salary hike for the vice president remains in place, as well as those for federal employees. The bill introduced Wednesday would change that.
“The President’s pay hike even increases the salary for federal employees who receive poor performance reviews from their own supervisors,” committee chairman Darrell Issa, R-Calif., said in a statement. “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 based pay raises for federal workers.”
Read more at The Washington Examiner.