By Javier ManjarresOne of the U.S. Congress’ rising young Republican stars, Florida Congressman Ron DeSantis, has just seen his first piece of legislation pass in the U.S. House of Representatives by a 261-154 bipartisan vote. DeSantis’ H.R. 273 bill was supported by 43 of the President’s supposed Democrat ‘friends’ in the House of Representatives
The take away here is that the bill overturns President Obama’s executive order that implemented “an across-the-board pay hike for non-military federal employees, including Members of Congress, members of the President’s cabinet and the Vice President, Joe Biden.’ This is significant because it sends a message to President Obama that he needs to tread lightly and not continue the egregious overstepping of his powers as President.
According to DeSantis, his bill will save the American taxpayer $11 billion in new spending over the next decade.
DeSantis bill was applauded by House Majority Leader Eric Cantor who said DeSantis has “shown great leadership” and applauds him for taking the initiative of trying to get the nation’s “spending under control.”
Here is the excerpt from Rep. DeSantis’ press release on the passing of his bill.
“When American families are tightening their belts in order to make ends meet, the federal government must do the same,” said Rep. DeSantis. “The bipartisan passage of this bill is a great step toward tackling our fiscal deficiencies and Obama’s overspending head-on. This bill is not a reflection of the fine work done by many federal employees, but is simply a recognition of our current fiscal situation. I’m proud my very first piece of legislation proves the U.S. House is serious about putting our nation on a sustainable fiscal path.”
“Compensation for government employment must bear at least some relationship to the private sector economy that pays the taxes necessary to support it,” added Rep. DeSantis. “As a former active duty Navy officer who worked closely with many fine civilian employees, and now as a Member of Congress, I respect and appreciate the hard work of all our public servants. However, during these challenging times, all of us, private and public sector alike, especially Members of Congress, must make sacrifices in order to reduce spending, not increase it.”