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Federal Pay Freeze Ends, Biden Gets $5,000 Raise

Posted By Daniel Greenfield On December 28, 2012 @ 5:27 pm In The Point | 21 Comments

Because he’s doing such a good job.

Biden made a cool $225,521 last year. After the pay increase, he’ll now make $231,900 per year.

The 2010 Federal pay freeze was always a sham because it sounded good, but did not apply to automatic step pay increases so Federal employees still continued getting raises despite the pay freeze.

Facing political setbacks nationwide and growing concern about the deficit, Obama signed on to a two-year pay freeze which will expire in December, but which Obama’s new executive order will delay until March 27, 2013, when some sort of budgetary agreement is supposed to arrive.

For those who may also be wondering if Congress could change the pay rates or completely eliminate the pay raise, the answer is that it could be done. However, the change would have to pass both the House and the Senate and, as a practical matter, the Senate has not displayed any independence from the desires of the White House. So any change is unlikely (although not impossible) prior to the effective date.

In addition to the end of the pay freeze, Obama has given government workers the gift that they want most. Less time working.

‘Twas the day before Christmas and all across the federal government, workers were enjoying an extra day off after President Barack Obama issued an executive order closing offices Monday and excusing all but postal service employees from duty.

The estimated cost for shutting down the government for a day is $100 million.

The decision to grant federal employees a four-day weekend came after 28,257 people signed an online petition on the White House “We the People” website requesting it.

“Federal employees have had a pay freeze for the past several years and the pay and benefits for the federal workforce have been under serious attack during the national elections held this year,” said the petition, which was started on Dec. 1.

Unlike most Federal employees however, Vice President Joseph Robinette Biden gets every single day off.


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