Fiscal Cliff

Senator Urges Obama to Rescind Federal Pay Raises

Sends the wrong message


Republican Sen. Rob Portman is urging President Obama to rescind a recent executive order granting pay increases to Congress and other federal officials, saying the move doesn't exactly jibe with the country's debt crisis. 

Obama signed an executive order last week that will lift a ban on pay freezes for federal employees. 

Rank-and-file members of Congress would all see a $900 bump next year—up from $174,000. Congressional leaders will receive a slightly higher raise, with the House speaker receiving a $1,100 salary increase to $224,600. The top two Senate leaders will see pay rise $1,000, to $194,400.