The House of Representatives has just passed a Congressional pay freeze with H.R. 6726 in a 287-129 vote. #TCOT—
Eric Cantor (@GOPLeader) January 02, 2013
Happy to see the House pass HR 6726, a Congressional pay freeze that I cosponsored, by a 287-129 vote margin.—
John Culberson (@CongCulberson) January 02, 2013
The roll call vote on the congressional pay freeze — a stinging rebuke of President Obama’s unilateral attempt to raise government pay by executive order — has not been posted by the House Clerk’s website yet. We’ll add it as soon as it’s up.
Congressional Democrats think they deserve a pay raise, and were bold enough to vote for one. Wow.—
Todd Gunter (@toddgunter) January 02, 2013
How out of touch does a member of Congress have to be to vote against pay freeze right now? 129 members just did so.—
James Grant (@JamesGrantFL) January 02, 2013
From California GOP Rep. Darrell Issa’s office:
On a bi-partisan vote of 287-129 the House of Representatives approved H.R. 6726, a bill to overturn the President’s executive order that gave an across the board pay hike to Members of Congress and federal bureaucrats. The President’s executive order will cost taxpayers $11 billion over the next 10 years. The bill was introduced by Rep. Michael Fitzpatrick, R-Pa. House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chairman Darrell Issa, R-Calif., led debate on the House Floor.
“The President, the Senate Majority, and the House Minority have not been able to agree to even the most meager spending cuts,” Issa said in the statement. “Yet the President’s executive order gives all members of Congress a salary hike on top of the $174,000 a year we already earn.”
The President’s executive order gave an across the board salary hike to white collar federal employees, whose average compensation exceeds $100,000. In January 2012, the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office (CBO) issued a study which found that total compensation for federal employees was 16% greater than comparable private sector employees.
“The President’s across the board pay increase for white collar workers is not necessary to retain talented employees and just wastes taxpayer money,” Issa continued. “Federal employees have continued to receive promotions and within-grade pay increases over the past few years of the supposed ‘pay freeze,’ and voluntary separations from the federal government are near all-time lows.”