US Federal Government, White House, Washington DC
United States of America

Congressional pay rates were increased on December 28th, 2012, when President Barack Obama signed an executive order removing the freeze on federal pay.

Members of the US House of Representatives, members of the United States Senate, Vice President Joe Biden, the Speaker of the House of Representatives, the Senate Majority Leader, and countless others will receive pay increases in March of 2013. Pay increases on Federal workers will rise between 0.5% and 1.0%. This will raise Congressional salaries to $172,900.00 per year.

This year the United States Congress and the Executive Branch failed to reach a significant deficit reduction package on the current debt of more than $16 trillion dollars. Unemployment remains high, the US economy has had less growth than expected, and a downgrade of the United States credit rating are due specifically to a failure to make significant steps toward debt reduction. Further, the United States Congress has been the least productive since the 1940s, and currently has a rating of less than 20%.

At a time of peril for the United States, congressional pay should not be raised. Congressional pay should be reduced to the pay level it was in 2006, at the beginning of the recession. This would make congressional pay $165,200.00. (This amount is still more than three times what the average US citizen earns yearly.)

Mr President,

We, the undersigned, call upon you to rescind your executive order unfreezing federal pay, and raising congressional pay during a time of unparalleled national debt and a lack of productivity by the Congress of behalf of the nation.

We also call upon the House and Senate to take up legislation to return congressional pay to $165,200.00, the pay rate of federal legislators in 2006. This pay rate is still more than three times the income of the average US citizen.

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