(Weekly Standard) 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 irony is nauseating. Congress has an 18% approval rating and is stuck in a persistent low streak. They are clearly not getting a raise to compensate for performance. Maybe it’s a cost-of-living increase. Everyone can use a regular pay raise to keep up with inflation, something that’s completely out of congress’ hands. Oh wait….