Bill would cut back top federal salaries
- By FederalSoup Staff
- Mar 12, 2015
A South Carolina lawmaker has introduced a bill in the House that would trim salaries of top-earning federal employees.
The legislation, the Promoting Accountability In Decisions (PAID) for Progress Act (H.R. 1137), sponsored by Rep. Tom Rice (R-S.C.), "would reduce salaries by 8.7 percent for bureaucrats making more than $100,000 until the economy recovers to pre-recession levels," according to a release of the member's office.
“When the economy tanked, middle-class families and mid-level American workers were hit the hardest,” Rice said. “Government regulations have restricted recovery, causing every day expenses like gas, groceries, and electricity to eat up families’ budgets. Meanwhile, the federal bureaucrats making these decisions and imposing regulations are taking home six-figure salaries.”
“The PAID for Progress Act would cut regulators’ salaries until the economy recovers, giving them an incentive to get government out of the way so the free market system can work,” Rice said. “When take-home pay for everyday Americans returns to pre-2007 levels, so will federal government salaries.”
While the bill also would trim the salaries of federal elected officials, including members of Congress, it would exempt those of active duty military officials.