President Obama gave a nice holiday gift to Vice President Biden, Congress, and other well paid federal workers. He signed an executive order ending the federal pay freeze. This means they will all get a raise. Lucky them.
President Barack Obama issued an executive order to end the pay freeze on federal employees, in effect giving some federal workers a raise. One federal worker now to receive a pay increase is Vice President Joe Biden.
According to disclosure forms, Biden made a cool $225,521 last year. After the pay increase, he’ll now make $231,900 per year.
Members of Congress, from the House and Senate, also will receive a little bump, as their annual salary will go from $174,000 to 174,900. Leadership in Congress, including the speaker of the House, will likewise get an increase.
The raises might not be huge, but they’re raises nonetheless, and probably more than most American workers and taxpayers are getting. Oh yeah, and we’re the one paying those salaries. Meanwhile, the fiscal cliff still looms as Democrats continue to blame the other side for the problems they created in the first place.