Congressman Bob Latta (R-Bowling Green) released the following statement shortly after the House voted on H.R. 273, a bill to eliminate the automatic across-the-board pay raise for the President's Cabinet, the Vice President, and other non-military federal employees, including Members of Congress, that are scheduled to occur as a result of a recent Executive Order issued by President Obama:
"In the last decade, the average Federal civilian salary has increased, regardless of merit, by 62 percent while the private sector average salary only increased by 34 percent. Hardworking taxpayers throughout the nation are experiencing difficult times as our economy struggles to get back on track. With our national debt over $16 trillion and automatic spending cuts scheduled to go in effect on March 1, 2013, a pay raise for federal employees is reckless and imprudent."
According to CBO, H.R. 273 would save taxpayers approximately $11 billion over ten years. Congressman Latta introduced legislation at the commencement of the 113th Congress to permanently repeal the automatic pay adjustment for Members of Congress.