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Published On: Mon, Dec 31st, 2012

President Obama lifts freeze on federal salaries, Congress and Joe Biden will get a raise

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.

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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.

Here’s the list of new wages, as attached to President Obama’s executive order:

“A new executive order has been issued providing for a new pay schedule beginning ‘on the first day of the first applicable pay period beginning after March 27, 2013,'” reports FedSmith.com. “The pay raise will generally be about 1/2 of 1%.”

According to a senior Republican congressional aide who has reviewed the executive order and consulted with the Congressional Budget Office, Obama’s pay raise will cost $11 billion. “The CBO told us that the President’s pay raise for federal workers will cost $11 billion over ten years,” says the aide.

The aide explains, “On the cost-estimate, CBO says the (discretionary) cost of the .5% pay-hike the President is calling for in the Exec Order – relative to a freeze – is about $500m in FY 2013 and $11 billion over the ten years from FY 13 – FY 22.  The reason why the FY ’13 savings is only $500 million is because the pay hike as proposed by the President’s Exec Order would not go into effect until April 1st, 2013 – when the current CR expires. So it only covers half the fiscal year. The annualized cost of the pay hike is about $1 billion/year.”

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  1. Enter your email address – Politico (blog) says:

    […] Tells Obama to Rescind Federal Pay RaisesNewsmax.comJohn Barrow fights Obama Hill pay hikePoliticoThe Global Dispatch -Times-Journal -Talk of the Soundall 61 news […]

  2. Republican lawmakers seek to block $900-a-year congressional salary hike – The Hill says:

    […] Tells Obama to Rescind Federal Pay RaisesNewsmax.comJohn Barrow fights Obama Hill pay hikePoliticoThe Global Dispatch -Times-Journal -Talk of the Soundall 61 news […]

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