Barrow Urges House Leadership to Block Congressional Pay Increase

By on December 31, 2012 in News, Pay & Benefits

U.S. Congressman John Barrow (GA-12) is urging his colleagues to join him in opposing the pay increase for Members of Congress and other elected officials, as dictated by an Executive Order from the President of the United States on December 27, 2012.

“At a time when American families face real hardship, it would be irresponsible to allow Congressional pay to increase. Too many families face uncertainty in the New Year for Congress to get a bonus,” said Congressman Barrow. “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.”

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. The text of the letter is below.

Full text of the letter 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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  1. low fixed income survivor says:

    Bravo!! This would definitely help people to have kinder feelings about Congress. Anotther that would help is for them to really get to work!

    • Illamo says:

      Especially when they are Federal workers @ the lower grade who could do with this increase, how about giving a little more to those @ GS-7 who have been in their positions for a long time and are not yet able to find a GS-9 position to try to move to.

  2. Deep Thought says:

    About time someone acts responsbile in Congress, great gesture and valid point, this is not the time for Congress to pat themselves on the back while the rest of Americans will begin to feel the crunch.

  3. bgbanengineer says:

    Hurray for Barrow! All of Congress should be put on pay-for-performance if not a performance improvement plan instead of getting a $900 raise. Especially when Feds are being targeted for cuts in pay and benefits.

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