Democrat Rep: Mr. Obama We Shouldn't Be Getting A Raise

Last week I informed you that Barack Obama signed an executive order the will increase the pay of Congress and Federal workers. Well apparently one Democrat Representative has a conscience about the issue and rebuked Obama for the executive order and demanded that Congress do "everything possible to stop this pay increase....right away."

Congressman John Barrow (D-GA) issued a press release stating:

U.S. Congressman John Barrow (GA-12) today urged 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."

Barrow's office also issued a letter to the Republican and Democrat leadership of the House which reads:

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.

Can I get a witness? An amen? Goodness, at least there is a Democrat who gets this point and is willing to stand up and be counted on this issue. I appreciate the fact that he has taken this stand. I would imagine those a little higher up will be snubbing their noses at Rep. Barrow, but I think he is right on the money on this one. I'm wondering if he will also refuse the pay raise, should the executive order remain in place.

However, he is not the only one saying this. Fox News is reporting that other lawmakers are speaking out against the executive order as well (although I wish they would speak out against them more often, and nullify them).

Sen. Mark Begich (D-AK) wrote on his Facebook page, "I continue to oppose the President’s executive order to give members of Congress a pay raise. The American people don’t get an automatic pay raise and neither should members of Congress."

Rep. Michele Bachmann, R-Minn., introduced legislation Monday that would rescind the pay raises.

“I am calling on my colleagues in the House and Senate to rescind President Obama’s executive order that gives members of Congress a pay raise," she said in a statement. "This executive order was not requested by Congress and we should reject it. We have a spending problem in our country and we should be looking for areas to cut spending. At a time when families across the country are cutting back we should not increase government spending and add to the debt burden by giving members of Congress a pay raise. We need to begin with ourselves and I urge my colleagues to join me in this effort.”

Republican Sen. Rob Portman said now is not the time for bigger salaries in Washington -- at least not until the country can deal aggressively with its debt and deficit problems.

"At a time when our country is facing record debt and trillion-dollar deficits, the last thing Washington should do is reward itself with a pay increase," the Ohio senator said. "I am calling on President Obama to withdraw his recent executive order raising federal salaries -- including for members of Congress. Until a long-term deficit reduction agreement is reached, we should not consider increasing the pay for Congress."

Congress was not the only ones given raises. The raises will flow out to the tune of $11 billion to various federal government workers.

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  • Disgusted!

    See the real reason for tax increases and government control people? Really Mr. Obama or whatever your real name is??? I heard you are BACK IN HAWAII with Airforce One as well!

  • Combat Veteran Seabee

    Raise to a do nothing congress? Why not? it's not oblowholes money that he's throwing around anyway!

  • teacher10258

    At a time when money is so tight for Obama to have written this EO is unconscionable. Government employees are already paid higher than the same jobs in the private sector. I am truly proud that a Congressman would put up opposition to this EO. Let's hope that many Congressmen will follow suit and put a halt to this insanity. Obama=Dumbass.

  • Don

    Oh, but they will take it, after all, it is all they can do. They've been working so hard you know.

  • Dean

    These buns are not earning their current salary and Santa Obama wants to reward them? SCUMBAG!!!!

    • ggrdr05

      They should ALL be getting a hugh pay decrease until they fix the debt in this country. obambam should get zero salary until he fixes the deficit

  • phunyfarm

    Typical underhanded slap in the face to working Americans. O does this because he gets away with anything - the ability to basically say F you or "na,na,na,na,na" and stick out his tongue to us all.
    Wish he would just take his ball and go home.

  • J J

    There is one Democrat in Washington that has some common sense. I bet he won't turn down the raise though. It's too bad no one will listen to him.

    I am disgusted that Obama can even think of such a thing when there are so many unemployed people in America. Shame on you, Obama!!!!!

  • wildbill

    Everything the federal touches governments touches turns to sh-t. why don't they cut salries. the whole bunch are over compensated. the only thing i can think of that the government can do is screw the people

  • retiredmillwright

    The Ruler Obama wants his people paided their thirty pieces of silver for their help in selling this country down the river into socialism.

    • ladyceo

      Is this why Obama wants to raise taxes on those "rich" people?

  • davienne

    there are some polititions with morals...there was no doubt in my mind that Michelle Bachmann would have spoke up ... but John Barrow surprises me..KUDOS to MR Barrows

    • ladyceo

      Just wondering, is he up for re-election in 2014?

    • wayne74467

      All congressmen are up for election every two years.

    • ladyceo

      Thanks, Wayne. I lose track of the rules sometimes!

    • True Patriot

      Yep, maybe this Georgia Rep can tell the RINOs to stand up to Obama, too, since they seem to have no spine. I wonder, how does one walk around without a spine?

  • bananafanafo

    ANOTHER GAME! This happened in my state of PA, they decided to give the AUTOMATIC raise to a charity. Since they make the laws, they made the laws that they could not give it back or NOT TAKE IT-it's automatic every year. THE GAME= it still INCREASES their Overall PAY, so they GET MORE PENSION! As far as charity, it would be nice for the CITIZEN to have the money to give as they see fit & not the POLITICIANS with these DIRTY GAMES on the taxpayers! DEMOCRAT VOTERS have MADE IT "YOU WORK FOR THE GOVERNMENT NOW, not the other way around! The same Democrat voters that DON'T CONTRIBUTE to the SYSTEM. Why do they vote where TAXPAYERS money is going? Lawyers should have all TAXPAYERS contribute to BIG LAW SUIT on this veryprocess going on! They don't have a right if they don't contribute the money in the first place!

  • CaptTurbo

    Good for you Congressman Barrow! Remind the usurping prick that only Congress is authorized to decide such expenditures. This entire government has failed the citizens of the United States and should be brought up on charges of treason.

    • bananafanafo

      It's a TRICK, go on site & read my comment

  • Eliz Carpenter

    It's just money... and the source of it is unimportant. Even if Congress does not request a pay raise, why not issue one anyway? The only way to bankrupt this country is to spend, spend, spend. Besides, if Congress does not take the pay raise, the administration will then have to figure out another way to blow the money. Remember that Congress, if you don't take the pay raise, where will the money go? I don't believe anyone cares where it goes.

    • bananafanafo

      It still increases their pension, no matter where it goes! Also probably made the law THEY HAVE TO TAKE IT! I'm not joking happen in my state of PA! Read my comment I posted on the site. IT'S ALL A GAME ON THE TAXPAYERS!