Obama Gives Congress an Undeserved Pay Raise

The White House and Congress have until January 1 to reach a deal and avoid the looming fiscal cliff with tax hikes and deep spending cuts. There is a clear partisan divide in Washington that has led to political back-and-forth and theatrics.

However, things just got a whole lot more interesting on December 27 as President Obama signed an executive order that will have members of Congress and other federal workers see a 0.5% pay rise after March 27.

Congress members and senators who make $174,000 per year will see an additional $900 in their annual pay packages. Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) will get a salary of $224,600, up $1,100. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) and House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-Va.) will see their pay jump $1,000 to $194,400. And Vice President Joe Biden will now be bringing home $231,900 before taxes next year.

The last time Congress members saw a pay increase was in 2009.  This probably makes sense considering Congress' job approval ratings. Since Gallup started their poll in 1974, Congress' average approval rating is 33%. However, over the past few years, Congress' approval ratings have not even reached the 33% average.

Congress hit record-low 10% approval ratings in February and August 2011. Now, as the fiscal cliff deadline nears, Congress is only sitting at an 18% job approval rating with the American public.

If leaders in Washington don't reach a deal by January 1, Congress' approval rating could also nose dive off the cliff. The clock is ticking.

Like us on Facebook:
Join the Discussion
New Response

Be the first to comment

Top Responses ()
All Responses ()
Load More Responses Show All Responses

Loading Responses


Do you agree that our
generation needs a voice?