President Orders Pay Hike for Congress, Federal Employees, V.P. Joe Biden

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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.

Here’s the list of new wages, as attached to President Obama’s executive order:

“A new executive order has been issued providing for a new pay schedule beginning ‘on the first day of the first applicable pay period beginning after March 27, 2013,'” reports “The pay raise will generally be about 1/2 of 1%.”

Jeryl Bier points to an example of the pay increase for average government executives:


  • Mcgowan in pa

    A pay hike for people that already make 3 figures??? What about the middle class worker who has already become low income people??? Where does this start to go right for the working class people that are already struggling to pay their mortgages and household bills??? When does it get easier for us???

    • Dee

      Three figures? What the hell are you talking about? If that's all you know about money, no wonder you don't have any. Try SIX figures.

  • momofmany68

    Seriously, the people who are making it impossible for us to survive on little to no money are getting raises? How messed up is this? When do we get a break? How about they live on what we do & see how fast things change, they won't make it 6 months on what we do. DISGRACEFUL!!!!

  • SLJ

    How about all those people who got raises pay for our 8$ a gallon of milk? I'm on disability and got a whopping 1.5% increase. A whole 11$ for me. This is insane!!!!_

  • DanL

    Here's an idea… members of Congress get the same pay, AND benefits, that I get at my real world job. No raise, unless I get one. No benefits, unless I get them too. No pension, unless I get offered one. Welcome to the real world… Not everyone gets "the world' handed to them on a silver platter, or even a paper plate!!!

  • Nobody

    The COLA increase we get in January is not even enough to cover the increases in my Medicare, rent, cableand everything else that increased because we got a couple of extra dollars on our disability checks.

    • fakeroad

      Wow you mean disability pays you enough that you can afford cable. I know a lot of people that work 40 hours a weak and cannot afford cable. Consider yourself lucky that you live in a country where everybody pools their money to sup[port people like you.

  • BPAN001

    This is insanity! 16T national debt! 100T-150T in unfunded entitlement liabilities! GDP stinks! Our government sucks! Growth is in the toilet! Major cuts coming and huge tax hikes coming! Tens of millions unemployed! How is it possible that he now pulls this?! Obama is a criminal of magnitude never before witnessed!

  • GFM

    So obviously none of you took the time to read the actual document to see that pay was also increased to millions of uniformed personnel and many other non-political federal employees. This article simply cherry picks the information to sensationalize and create artificial partisan drama. Irresponsible journalism, if you ask me. I'm no Obama fan, but where's the part of the article where it celebrates giving cadets and midshipmen an 8.6% annual raise???

    • anonymous

      whoopti-doo! What part of WE TAXPAYERS CANNOT AFFORD to continually allowing these supposed representatives to continually STEAL from us?

    • Lee

      Fine, give those folks a raise. No problems with that. They deserve it. Do you seriously think members of congress and Joe Biden do?? Let's cherry pick that way!!!

  • Angie

    As they have the country hang on the government made cliff and we are looking at the price of milk possibly doubling and most likely everything else farmed as the government screws the farmers and this LAME EXCUSE of a leader, president, man is ORDERING RAISES??? WHAT DO THEY DO — ANY OF THEM — TO DESERVE WHAT THEY ALREADY GET?? These people should only be paid a wage of worth. That would put them in the unemployment line. SERIOUSLY I have a question for anyone who knows the government law. –> If these jackasses do not resolve the game they are playing with everyone's lives can the people who they are to be representing and working for have them removed from the seat they occupy through some kind of process….impeachment? I honestly don't know but if i screwed up my job and only showed up when I felt like it, I sure as hell would be removed!

  • Monica

    Remember this in all of your bitching (not saying Congress should get more money) but blaming the President for all of this is wrong, ever who the President is this one or another one CAN NOT DO ANYTHING WITHOUT CONGRESS. We need COMPROMISE on both sides and this brickering on party line which is going on is CHILDREN. and IMO it is mostly the Tea Party that is acting like kids. Also if they want to be call Tea Party then be another party they are either Tea Party or Republicans how cn you be both crazy.

  • Virgil

    Regardless if Obama needs Congress or not, it is not the time for this. If he want Republicans to compromise on the budget he does not need to be showing that he is willing to spend more of my money on his friends. If anything a pay cut is warranted here. "Do as I say not as I do." This is going to be a long 4 years. I hope we will be able to recover after.

  • Judy

    You have got to be kidding! We're over 16 billion in debt and counting and he spends more! Just another example of throwing good money after bad! The do nothings in the government should all be ordered to forfeit all of their pay if they don't stop acting like spoiled brats who can't get their way! This country is going down in flames and all too soon there will be no turning back!

  • David

    The only thing that is surprising is that the people who voted for Obama are surprised by this! A reward for those who fail at their jobs.

  • Jerrbob

    All you democrats that voted for NOBAMA, stop your complaining, you dumb asses are to blame for all this !!! Hope your happy !!!!!!

  • Carla

    Most of the people that bicker and constantly complain about our President, didn't even take the time to VOTE! My father always taught us that if you don't vote, you don't have the right to complain.

  • Carla

    Correct me if I'm wrong, I don't recall our country being in such a good position when BUSH was president. But as our president I never disrespected him.

  • Jim

    How much does a Vice President of a big corporation make? I bet it is a lot higher than the Vice President of the best country in the world. The federal employes deserve a raise just like every body else. Would you work for a company that never gave out raises?

  • notapolitician

    I wish everyone here would stop complaining what these polticians get on their raises,we all here know that this money their making per year is nothing compared to the under the table bribes they get from lobbyists and their insider trading their allowed to get away with,,not to mention the free meals,travel,parties ,golfing,and everything else these career jokers get,,a few more bucks a year on them checks is nothing compared to the mentioned above,,not to mention that some of them spend 10's of millions of dollars for re-election for a job that pays a couple of hundred grand per year,,now why would they spend that much,,haaaahaaaa

  • richard

    Pay Raise for people who have put this country in debt. Who get elected and do nothing while in office. Yep, it has finally happen. The entire washington population has caught the crazy illness. They are all Nuts. They cannot make a deal, and do thier job, but they can get a raise. Someone please. Tell us how we can shut down our leaders in washington dc and get people in there that care about this country and all the people who work every day so those nuts can make a 6 figure salary, not to mention the benifits they get.

    • Paul Schwab

      I have worked for the past 60 years, most of them were in commission sales. I had to earn my commissions, therefore, I was paid was I was worth. These bozos simply continue doing nothing, in their part time jobs,and get raise after raise. We, the people are allowing this because we keep voting them back in. What is the matter is US? We need term limits, reduction of salaries, elimination of pork spending, elimination of pensions for President, Congress, Supreme Court etc. If we continue doiing what we are doing they will continue doing what they do…….NOTHING.

  • clayton

    Well, unfortunately 51% of the people that voted are unemployed these people cannot see past their noses as far as the money situation. Just so they get their benefits they don't care what it will do to the country down the road,I do unstand that to a point! But Hostess is just the beginning of our problems we are facing, it's like a big funnel the closer to the end you get the faster we go down the tubes. If they would just understand the government will get theirs, and they will ( talk ) about giving us ours. Ladies and gentlemen they will hold the carrot in front of you to lead you around and around and around. The ones the government will help will be the 51% to keep them voting for them, there will be no good come out of this for the working men and women no matter how much you make! We need a petition to stop this insane act, no matter if you are a Democrat are the Republican you need to wake up far your kids sake who will take the reins if we don't ( God bless America )

  • Gerald Jackson

    To all the people that want to know what can be done about the Presdient & Congress and how to Remove them
    It is Called a RECALL. The Founding Father’s Had enough sense to Put this in the Constitution. But!! We The People will Have to step up & Sign Up in order to See this Happen.

  • Mom of 3

    Interesting how so many of the Republicans want to blame the people who voted for Obama. Still don't get it, do you? I voted for McCain and Bush (twice) but this time I voted for Obama. Why? Because the Republican Party is led by hypocritical, bigoted, racist, sexist old white men. No, they aren't the majority but no one can control them or shut them up! Oh, and I pay my taxes, own my home, have no debt, and knew when I voted for him that Obama would be raising my taxes. So, just who is to blame, now?

  • Kim

    There is a method to this madness, besides its only 1/2 percent, if Obama gives "them" what they want, then they are more likely to vote his way, say …. leaving medicare and social security alone, which Rep. want to mess this. This is my life, leave what I get alone.

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