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A local congressman says he doesn't want a pay raise, and that his colleagues shouldn't get one either.
Rep. Bill Flores, the Bryan Republican representing Texas' 17th District, has introduced legislation to halt hikes recently signed off by President Barack Obama for the House of Representatives and the Senate.
“Our nation is on the verge of going over the fiscal cliff because Washington has a spending problem. President Obama still does not understand this problem as he has just recently issued an Executive Order granting pay increases to most civilian federal employees and to Members of Congress,” Flores said in a statement. “I believe that given our current economic climate and huge federal deficits, these raises are grossly inappropriate and an insult to hardworking American taxpayers. These factors have prompted me to introduce legislation to halt these salary increases for Members of Congress.”
The presidential executive order (click here to read) ended a pay freeze for federal employees, also including the vice president.
Joe Biden's salary will see a $6,379 raise to $231,900.
Members of the House and Senate hadn't gotten a raise since 2009, but will receive $900 extra a year, their paycheck now showing $174,900 based on the order. Some will reportedly receive slightly more due to leadership positions, but on the $900 raise alone, the 535 voting members of the U.S. Congress would receive a combined $481,500 extra each year through the president's order.
Flores' proposal would only apply to congressmen and senators, according to his office's press release.
“Last year, I introduced the Reconnecting Congress with America Act, which lays a foundation of congressional reforms that would overhaul our system of governing, restore confidence in Congress and reconnect Congress with the American people," he said in the release. "It includes language that would tie pay standards for the elected officials of the House and Senate to real world economics and eliminate altogether automatic increases to Congressional salaries. I plan to reintroduce an updated version of this legislation for the 113th Congress and add language to prevent pay increases through Executive Orders."
Federal employees have not seen a pay bump since 2010.
Flores' colleague, Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-Minnesota), has also introduced legislation to stop the congressional raises, according to her office.