(TruthAndLiberty.com) – On Tuesday, House Republicans, in a gesture of disapproval towards the Biden administration, decided to symbolically slash the salary of Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg to a mere dollar. This act was spearheaded by Representative Marjorie Taylor Greene of Georgia, who presented the proposal during discussions on the upcoming 2024 fiscal year’s budget for transportation and housing, as reported by Breitbart.
Greene publicly articulated her aim behind the action, which she likened to a dismissal of Buttigieg, due to what she considers an improper handling of public funds. Her accusations were sharp and specific, alleging that Buttigieg engaged in deceptive practices such as simulated bicycle commutes and misuse of government aircraft for non-official purposes, particularly citing LGBTQ+ awards ceremonies. Greene’s stance was that such perceived extravagances, funded by the taxpayer, were unjustified.
She expressed her view by stating that even a symbolic payment of one dollar was overly generous, reflecting her dissatisfaction with Buttigieg’s performance in office. She referenced several points of contention, including what she saw as a lackluster response to a significant environmental incident—a chemical spill from a derailed train—which Buttigieg addressed with a notable delay.
This maneuver to reduce Buttigieg’s salary has a backdrop of previous Republican attempts to use the Holman Rule to exert fiscal control over individual federal employees’ salaries. Although earlier attempts to apply this rule to other officials did not pass, this particular reduction passed by voice vote in the House.
However, the likelihood of this move leading to actual change is slim, given the intricacies of the legislative process, the need for Senate approval, and the improbability of President Biden endorsing such a bill. This action by House Republicans seems to be more of a political statement than a feasible policy change.
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