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With ‘Fiscal Cliff’ Looming, Guess Who Obama Is Giving Raises to...


But do members of Congress and other federal workers deserve any pay increases?

US President Barack Obama speaks to US troops at Third Infantry Division Headquarters at Fort Stewart in Hinesville, Georgia, April 27, 2012, prior to Obama signing an Executive Order to help US service members and their families make informed decisions about education and to protect them from deceptive targeting by educational institutions. Credit: AFP/Getty Images

U.S. President Barack Obama. Credit: Getty Images

President Barack Obama's newest executive order put an end to the pay freeze on federal employees, giving some federal workers a raise, including Vice President Joe Biden.

Biden will earn $231,900 beginning March 2013, a roughly $6,000 bump from the previous year, The Weekly Standard reports, citing official disclosure forms.

Members of the House and Senate will also get a small pay increase of $900 as annual compensation for members of Congress will jump to $174,900 in 2013.

President Obama's executive order lays out the new pay schedule:

They may not be huge pay increases, but the timing of the executive order is interesting as Obama and Congress are currently trying to avoid going over the so-called "fiscal cliff. Meanwhile, Americans are tightening their belts and preparing for potentially higher taxes.

Finally, a pay raise seems to indicate that Congress and other federal employees have been doing a good enough job to warrant one. Do you think Congress and federal employees like Joe Biden deserve a raise?


(H/T: Drudge)

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