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


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I, too, was shocked when I saw that the president of the United States, out of nowhere, at no request from any member of congress, had issued a unilateral executive order. Which means he decided to take the law into his own hands and in effect become his own congress and decide unilaterally, at the height of the fiscal cliff debate, that he would throw a new wrench into that argument.

And it would be this: When there is massive uncertainty, unfinished business, he would decide, that he would unilaterally give a pay increase to the United States Congress, exactly when the public is uncertain and doesn't know what's going to happen. Will their taxes go up? Will they no longer be recipients of a spending program? And so now Congress is going to get a spending increase?

This was a cynical, planned move, Mr. Speaker, on the part of our president. He brought great drama to this effort. Unnecessary drama. Because you see this House of Representatives already did the job to avert the fiscal cliff. We did this work. It was completed last August. We said that no one's taxes need to go up. And we were able to offset any spending cuts. The work was done.

The problem is, the Senate never took up the completed work of the house. And the president of the United States spent the last half of this year continually castigating the House of Representatives for not having this work done. When we did our work.

So out of nowhere, again, not at the request of congress, the president decided to make a very unlovely party to this conversation, the congress, even less palatable, by putting upon us the idea that we wanted to raise our own salary when we had nothing whatsoever to do with that.

That's why over the weekend, I directed my staff that we would put forth a bill to take away this unilateral increase in salary for Congress at the president's hand. We put our bills together. Mr. Fitzpatrick put his bill together. We both introduced bills yesterday. And I'm very happy to be a part of this bill, as every member of Congress is happy to be for this bill. Because after all, this had nothing to do with the conversation.

This was a cynical effort on the part of the president. And I believe nothing more cynical than the fact that the current agreement with the fiscal cliff was agreed to, we're told, somewhere around 11:30 last night. The bill was voted on at 2 o'clock in the morning. Now again, this is New Year's Eve. I don't know how many senators between midnight and 2 a.m. in the morning had a chance to thoroughly read this agreement that's 157 pages long.

You see: this is not how we should run our government. This is drama. Unnecessary drama. And 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.

That's why we are here this morning. To clarify the president's action. This was not at our behest, and we are rejecting this measure today to increase Congress' salary


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Kerry J. McCarty
Kerry J. McCarty

Thanks To the bill Bachmann introduced... the House overturned Obama's executive order and voted to keep the federal employee pay freeze through 2013.

James Vierling
James Vierling

Klugherz, you are funny! Bachmann is here for us. And without her, the Stillwater Lift Bridge would never have happened ... She makes me proud to be a Minnesotan every day!

Sallyjos
Sallyjos

First elected the same year as Bachmann, Tim Walz has turned down every raise that the Class of 2006 has received.  He continues to return these raises to the U.S. Treasury, year after year, and so still  makes $165,200/year for his work in Washington and Southern Minnesota. He serves on the ag, veterans and  transportation committees and the congressional commission on China (he speaks Mandarin). He'll likely turn down additional raises.

Bachmann on the other hand, makes $174,000,  and serves on the Financial Services Select Intelligence committees. Like Walz, she could send any raises she's gotten back to the Treasury, but the added income doesn't seem to have bothered her much.

MikeW
MikeW

Dems have turned down the pay increase also.  Senator Mark Begich (AK), whose family is originally from the Range, turned his down.

Adam Klugherz
Adam Klugherz

If I were a democrat in congress I'd send her a thank you card every time she said anything on camera...

Timm McCoy
Timm McCoy

She's a shrike. She's NOT happy unless she is bitching about "something" or "controlling something"

Peter Farnsworth
Peter Farnsworth

Congress shouldnt get paid at all given their "job" record...

MicheleBachmann
MicheleBachmann topcommenter

@James Vierling  What a smart thing to say!   You must be super extremely smart to think Michele Bachmann is so awesome.   You know what I love to do which is so fun?   Every night when I get home from work I sit in my garage with my car running listening to Michele's best speeches.  You should try it sometime because you are so smart.  If you start feeling light headed its just Michele's good ideas chasing out all the liberal stupidity from your head.  Remember, garage door closed, car on, and about 5 hours of Michele's speeches.  You will have so much fun.  

senatortombstone
senatortombstone

@Sallyjos She could, but she still has to pay taxes on the income. Most people do not turn down pay increases, if their employer is willing to give them. Whether she or the entire House or Senate keep their raises or not, makes no difference. Not when we are 16 trillion in debt and have another 100 trillion in unfunded liabilities. Gather the golden eggs while you can.

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