Obama Signs Executive Order Giving Himself a Pay Increase

Obama Signs Executive Order Giving Himself a Pay Increase (PP)- Friday a White House press release was inadvertently distributed early to news organizations announcing that President Barack Hussein Obama had signed an executive order giving himself a pay raise to $500,000 annually. White House staff failed to squash the story as the press release was intended to be distributed late in the day on Friday, after the deadline when most news agencies are able to publish breaking news stories. Critics of the President’s executive order say the move makes Obama seem “politically tone deaf” because he gave himself a raise at a time when the federal government is arbitrarily cutting services and benefits due to sequestration. Presidential pay raises are usually approved by Congress, the last increase being authorized by both Congress and Bill Clinton in 1999 and went into effect in 2001. The Presidential pay raise also now includes a $50,000 annual expense account, a $100,000 nontaxable travel account and $19,000 for entertainment. image

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6 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. dragonpuff
    Jun 02, 2013 @ 14:00:57

    Not only does he deserve a pay raise—he deserves a bonus for battle pay having to deal with the insane congress.


  2. Dave Downes
    Jun 02, 2013 @ 14:48:53

    Do you realize this “news” came from a satire site?


    • dragonpuff
      Jun 02, 2013 @ 15:15:41

      Too bad. Maybe a couple of congressmen’s head would actually finally have
      explode from the anger.


  3. majii
    Jun 02, 2013 @ 16:03:00

    This is from a satire site. It’s not true. No one who works for the federal government can unilaterally give him/herself a pay increase, not even the president. If President Obama made a move like this, it would be grounds for impeachment. Since he was a constitutional law professor, he knows this would be illegal. Every pay increase involving every federal official/employee must be approved by Congress. Article 27 states that no pay increase Congress grants to itself can be paid until after the election of a new Congress. Article I of the Constitution states specifically that all bills dealing with spending MUST begin in the House of Representatives.


  4. dragonpuff
    Jun 02, 2013 @ 16:27:51

    I believe he actually returned or donated some of his salary in solidarity with federal workers whose salaries were cut during the sequester.


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