Congressman opposes Obama's move to increase federal salaries

By: NewsCenter 16 Staff Email
By: NewsCenter 16 Staff Email

U.S. Congressman Stutzman issued a statement on Friday informing Hoosiers he voted against the president’s move to increase the pay of federal employees.

“Our nation is $16 trillion in debt and unemployment remains near 8 percent. By proposing a pay increase for federal workers, President Obama proves he is out of touch with our country’s problems,” said Congressman Stutzman.

In December, President Obama issued an Executive Order calling for across the board pay increases of 0.5 percent for federal civilian employees.

Stutzman pointed out that the average federal employee makes over $83,000 a year, almost twice the median household income in Indiana.

During tough economic times, the Congressman says Washington needs to “tighten its belt,” he went on to say that preventing the pay increase will save taxpayers more than $10 billion dollars over the next 10 years.

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