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Michele Bachmann: Obama's Approval of Congressional Pay Raise Caused 'Unnecessary Drama'
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2 Jan 2013 04:17 PM EST

-by Alex Mangini, Staff Writer; Image: Michele Bachmann (Image Source: C-Span Video)

Outspoken Minnesota Congresswoman and former GOP presidential nominee Michele Bachmann took to the House floor today to condemn President Barack Obama’s decision to approve a Congressional pay raise as the testy fiscal cliff negotiations were ongoing, blaming the move for creating “unnecessary drama.”

On Thursday, the Commander-in-Chief granted returning members of Congress, federal workers and Vice President Joe Biden a half-percent to one percent pay increase, which, Bachmann said was a “cynical, planned move.”

“The fiscal cliff deal blocked that pay hike for members of Congress. And it would be this: When there is massive uncertainty, unfinished business, he would decide, that he would unilaterally give a pay increase to the United States Congress, exactly when the public is uncertain and doesn’t know what’s going to happen. Will their taxes go up? Will they no longer be recipients of a spending program? And so now Congress is going to get a spending increase?” she said to House Speaker John Boehner.

“This was a cynical, planned move, Mr. Speaker, on the part of our president. He brought great drama to this effort. Unnecessary drama. Because you see this House of Representatives already did the job to avert the fiscal cliff. We did this work. It was completed last August. We said that no one’s taxes need to go up. And we were able to offset any spending cuts. The work was done.”

According to Bachmann, Obama “decided to take the law into his own hands and in effect become his own congress.”

“This is drama. Unnecessary drama,” Bachmann said. “President Obama bears the responsibility for his failure to lead and his intentional effort it appears to mislead the American republic with this cynical bill.”

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