this had better be good, a raise for congress for what, sticking their middle fingers in our face for 4 years threatening to sink not only the Pres. but "we the people" too?
Congress and federal workers will see a pay increase of 0.5% next year. President Obama signed an executive order for the pay raise that will take effect when the current budget resolution expires at the end of March. This particular order comes as the Senate and the White House work to resolve the fiscal cliff.
Congress hasn’t received a pay raise since 2009, while all federal employees have been under a pay freeze since 2010.
congress has not don even half of their jobs since 2009 they should get a 50% reduction in pay, better still a freakin' voucher.
All members of Congress make a minimum of $175,000 per year from the federal government. According to the Huffington Post, Obama’s order will bring John Boehner’s salary up to $224,500 and Harry Reid’s up to $194,400. Vice President Biden’s salary will also go up next year, to $231,900.
As of Sept. 2010, the average salary for full-time, non-seasonal federal employees was $76,000 per year. Because of the pay freeze, changes in their pay have been negligible, though the freeze did not include in-grade pay increases or cost of living increases. However, according to a Washington Post article, which cites a database used by the Office of Personnel Management, of the 1.8 million federal workers, 423,000 make less than $50,000 per year, while 420,000 make over $100,00 per year. The rest are somewhere in between.
13,000 of the federal workers who make six figures earn more than $180,000.
The issue that conservatives have been harping on is that federal workers make approximately double what their private-sector counterparts make. As of August 2010, federal pay and benefits had continued to grow while private-sector wages had been nearly stagnant for the previous nine years. In fact, the difference between federal and private sector pay and benefits doubled over that time, from an advantage of just over $30,000 to just over $61,000. USAToday conducted an analysis stating that the average federal employee earned more than $120,000 per year, while the average private sector employee earned around $61,000.
Eric Cantor was quoted in the USAToday article as saying, “Americans are fed up with public employee pay scales far exceeding that in the private sector.” According to the USAToday analysis, it’s true that pay increased 33% more than the average rate of inflation, and that federal pay overall increased 20% between 2000 and 2010, compared with just 8.8% for private-sector workers.
However, when backgrounds and education are compared as well, federal workers actually make just 2% more than their private sector counterparts in base salary. When benefits are factored in, federal workers earn about 16% more. In fact, when employees with doctorates are compared, federal employees actually earn a bit less than their private-sector counterparts.
aren't private sector jobs payed by the "JOB CREATORS", don't they set pay rates and benefits for their created jobs that they and republican congress are fighting hard to reduce even more?