Today, Congressman Stutzman issued the following statement regarding his vote to prevent President Obama's pay increase to 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.
"The government works for the taxpayers, not the other way around. Last December, in the middle of his campaign for tax increases on Hoosier families and small businesses, President Obama signed a backdoor pay raise for federal bureaucrats, Members of Congress, his own cabinet, and Vice President Biden. Every Washington pay check started as someone's tax return and, while hardworking taxpayers see their take-home pay get smaller, it's wrong to increase government salaries.
"During tough economic times, Washington needs to tighten its belt just like the rest of the country."
On December 27, 2013, the President issued an Executive Order that provides an across the board pay adjustment of 0.5 percent for federal civilian employees.
Currently, the average federal civilian salary is $83,679, almost double the median income per household in Indiana.
Preventing the increase will save taxpayers more than $10 billion over the next decade.