President Obama offers Michele Bachmann a raise she doesn't want

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Bachmann did something most workers in this tough economy wouldn't imagine: Refuse and denounce a raise offer.
When he signed an executive order calling for an end to a longstanding pay freeze for members of Congress and other federal employees last Thursday, President Obama essentially offered Michele Bachmann a $900-a-year raise. But Bachmann and a majority of her colleagues in the GOP-controlled House wanted nothing to do with it.

SEE ALSO: The City Pages 2012 Michele Bachmann Reader

Yesterday, Bachmann introduced legislation to overturn Obama's executive order and scrap a pay raise for a variety of federal employees, not just including members of Congress. The bill ended up being approved in the House by a 287-129 margin, though it hasn't yet been taken up by the Senate.

The Hill reports that the fiscal cliff deal approved by both the House and Senate contains a one-sentence provision blocking the raise just for Congress members.

More from the Huffington Post:
Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-Minn.) slammed Obama for bringing "unnecessary drama" by approving a Congressional pay raise in the midst of the fiscal cliff fight.

Obama signed an executive order Thursday calling for an end to a years-long pay freeze that would give returning members of Congress, federal workers and Vice President Joe Biden a half-percent to one percent pay increase. The fiscal cliff deal blocked that pay hike for members of Congress.

Before Congress passed the fiscal cliff deal, Bachmann introduced legislation to take away the pay increase. The former GOP presidential hopeful claimed Obama "decided to take the law into his own hands and in effect become his own congress" by giving it approval...

"This is drama. Unnecessary drama," Bachmann said. "President Obama bears the responsibility for his failure to lead and his intentional effort it appears to mislead the American republic with this cynical bill."
Some might argue taking to the House floor to decry a pay raise that's been blocked the night before by the Democrat-controlled Senate constitutes "unnecessary drama" as well, but Michele's never been one to turn down an opportunity for some Obama-bashing political theater.

Patch.com transcribed the entirety of Bachmann's floor speech, and the C-SPAN footage has been uploaded to YouTube. Click to page two to check those out.


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