Skip to comments.Senator blocks Salazar pay hike in drilling battle
Posted on 05/25/2011 11:41:36 AM PDT by DBeers
WASHINGTON - Democrats are crying foul after a GOP senator blocked a pay raise for Interior Secretary Ken Salazar in an effort to pressure him into approving more deepwater oil and gas drilling permits.
At issue is a move by oil state Sen. David Vitter, R-La., to not only block the almost $20,000 raise for Salazar last week but then offer to allow the raise to go forward if the Interior Department issues six new deepwater permits a month.
Salazar responded with a letter accusing Vitter of employing strong-arm tactics and of trying to coerce him into approving new drilling permits in order to get the raise.
Salazar said Vitter's move amounted to "attempted coercion of public acts here at the Department" and asked that efforts to give him a pay raise be halted.
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GOOD!!!!! FIGHT DIRTY!!!!!!
Salazar is a party hack thug, he should be standing in the unemployment line. He definitely does not deserve a raise.
SO! The Left wants to give one of their team players a $20k raise for screwing things up for us.
Good for La. Sen Vitter.
Those Leftist asshats play hardball. Sen. Vitter has joined the game. It’s about time a Republican realized the game isn’t softball.
Better...... reduce his salary by $20,000
it’s scary that a guy who appears to need $20,000 this damned badly is in a position where he wields SO much power
Well good on Vitter.
I don't see this a "dirty" at all. This is exacly the kind of oversight Congress is supposed to exercise over runaway corrupt executive branch bureaucrats.
Why isn’t Salazar just donating ALL of his “MILLIONAIRE” pay to support the US “on the financial ropes” gov’t - as an example of “sharing the sacrifice”?
My problem is Salazar getting a pay raise, especially in our current fiscal position. It is simply not justified, other than to keep his real wage constant. But even then, he needs to sacrifice just like workers in the private sector have.
“Salazar responded with a letter accusing Vitter of employing strong-arm tactics and of trying to coerce him into approving new drilling”
Strong arm tactics should be the order of the day. Dem pols are subhuman creatures unworthy of consideration.
If Salazar is determined to take money out of every American’s pocket by denying us abundant cheap energy then it's only fair that we take money out of his pocket.
No, but he was appointed for that reason.
An even better way to pressure him is to eliminate funding for his whole worse than worthless department.
Hey Kenny! Why don’t you ask the private sector what kind of raises THEY’VE gotten in the last two years?
I don’t know how much we (yes, we) pay this moron, Salazar, but if it’s more than minimum wage, it’s way too much!
Defund EPA too!
And the Department of Education,
and all those Czars!
My pay for the past two years has been frozen, no cost of living, matching 401 cut by 50%, paid holidays down to 5, (0 days for a period of time ), all other benefits such as. Christmas bonus gone, longevity pay gone. Not to mention we were already under paid compared to surrounding counties for similar jobs, we were supposed to get raises over a five year period to get us up to par. All gone! The amount of work has gone up. I guess when you work for local government (non union) you should be thankful just to still have a job, least that’s what we’re being told. County spending hasn’t slowed down any! As a matter of fact they spent close to 2,500 dollars for plastic or what ever their made of Christmas figures to stand in front of the administrative offices!
And I also help pay this jerks wages and he wants a $20,000 a year raise? Not no, but, hell no! That shouldn’t even be a bargaining chip.
So what part of Freeze Federal Salaries was missed by this Administration (and I use the term loosely)???