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Dem Representative Moves to Block Obama’s Congressional Pay Increase

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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.”

Here’s the letter Barrow is circulating to send 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.



  1. Unneutral

    January 1st, 2013

    You my want to double check to see if he is in fact a Democrat.

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  2. Rick

    January 1st, 2013

    “A Democratic member of Congress is moving to block President Barack Obama’s congressional pay increase.”

    Sign of the Apocalypse!!

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  3. Jarhead Cracka

    January 1st, 2013

    They haven’t had a budget in 4 years, should be reason enough to deny congress any pay increases.

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  4. GomeznSA

    January 1st, 2013

    Unneutral – perhaps he is one of those fabled ‘bluedog’ dems??
    Jarhead – you nailed it – since they haven’t passed a budget, shouldn’t they all be summarily dismissed for not performing their sworn duties???

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  5. Doc

    January 1st, 2013

    Why didn’t a REPUBLICAN do this last week????


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  6. Tim

    January 1st, 2013

    Barrow (D – GA – 12th)

    You may be right, Rick!

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  7. ? everything

    January 1st, 2013

    where was the paragraph that stated not only did they not deserve a raise, but a severe CUT was only FAIR & PROPER due to the state of Nation, under their WATCH. these “public servants” should be giving it all back & prforming their duties PRO BONO.

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  8. Stirrin the B.S.

    January 1st, 2013

    @everything – absolutely there should be a cut in al federal employees’ pay – a 10% cut accross the board, at a minimum.

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  9. marleenna1959

    January 1st, 2013

    Pay increase hell. Their pay should be docked until they start doing their job and they should be fined for not obeying the Constitution.

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  10. ? everything

    January 1st, 2013

    @Stirring, I got a very real problem with the amt of money these cocksuckers make PERIOD. Most of their personal portfolios have increased 135% during their term in ofc. they make laws for US that they EXEMPT themselves from. & the majorty of the voting populice must be clueless as to how entitled these fuckers are…..our representation my aching azz……

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  11. 99th Squad Leader

    January 1st, 2013

    Obaloney and the fools in Congress that actually accepted a pay increase are vampires.
    Someday I hope they reap what they sow.
    I’m glad it’s a democrat raising cain about the pay increase, because it proves the action is stupid and contemptible.

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  12. Stranded in Sonoma

    January 1st, 2013

    What part of the 27th Amendment does the “constitutional scholar” 0bama fail to understand?

    Amendment XXVII (27):

    No Law, varying the compensation for the services of the Senators and Representatives, shall take effect, until an election of Representatives shall have intervened.

    And since only a law can initiate or change congressional salaries…

    Article 1, Section 6, Clause 1: The Senators and Representatives shall receive a Compensation for their Services, to be ascertained by Law, and paid out of the Treasury of the United States.

    …0bama’s executive order is unconstitutional.

    Why aren’t these asswipes in congress living up to their oaths and why aren’t they forcing Barack Fucking Obama to live up to his?

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