House GOP Moves to Slash Buttigieg’s Salary

( – The Republican-controlled House voted last week to reduce the salary of Transport Secretary Pete Buttigieg to a mere $1 annually, introduced by GOP Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene of Georgia.

The amendment passed by a voice vote last Tuesday afternoon, which means none objected to including the amendment in a larger spending bill called the 2024 Financial Services and General Government Appropriations Act that deals with the Department of Housing and Urban Development, the Department of Transportation, the General Services Administration, and other agencies.

It’s unclear if the underlying bill will pass. The vote, originally scheduled for last Tuesday, was canceled at the last minute due to concerns by New York GOP representatives who expressed concerns over cuts to Amtrak in the bill. The House instead voted to censure Democratic Rep. Rashida Tlaib over her anti-Israeli comments.

If the bill does pass, it will most likely be struck down by the Senate, which is still Democrat-controlled and working on its own bill for funding transportation.

The added amendment is the latest sign that Republicans are losing patience with Buttigieg, who is one of the most prominent Democrats in Biden’s cabinet. Greene posted on Twitter that she was “proud to announce” that her amendment to “fire” him “just PASSED the House.” Her remarks this isn’t an accurate characterization of the amendment because it doesn’t technically fire the transportation secretary (which was specified in a community note under her post).

Greene added that taxpaying citizens “should not be on the hook” for Buttigieg’s “lavish trips or his salary.” Greene pulled a similar stunt in September, passing a bill to reduce the salary of Secretary of Defense Loyd Austin to $1, although it also doesn’t have a good chance of passing the Senate.

Buttigieg, who ran for president in 2020, has faced a lot of issues while in his current position as Secretary of Transporation, including widespread criticism for his response to the train derailment and toxic waste spill in East Palestine, Ohio, earlier this year. An internal watchdog also launched an investigation into his use of private jets in February following reports that Buttigieg allegedly took at least 18 private flights since entering office in 2021.

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