GOP Passes Amendment Slashing Pete Buttigieg's Salary to $1: A Bold Move in Transportation and Housing Bill

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  • Source: Wayne Dupree
  • 11/08/2023
House conservatives are currently engaged in ongoing efforts to defund the salaries of Cabinet secretaries and their deputies appointed by President Biden.

On Tuesday evening, the GOP-led House passed an amendment to the transportation and housing appropriations bill. This amendment aims to reduce the salary of Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg to $1. 

The Buttigieg amendment, which was introduced by Representative Marjorie Taylor Greene of Georgia, is a legislative proposal that has garnered attention and discussion. Buttigieg's tenure as secretary has faced criticism from conservatives, particularly regarding his management of the East Palestine, Ohio train derailment and his endorsement of government incentives for electric vehicle adoption. During the onset of the supply chain crisis, there was significant criticism directed towards him for his decision to take "maternity leave" following the adoption of his twins. 

Pete Buttigieg's performance in his role has been lacking. The focus lies on the utilization of staged photo opportunities and the utilization of taxpayer funds for a personal trip via a private jet to accept LGBTQ awards on behalf of the individual in question. After the successful passing of my amendment, I am filled with happiness. However, it is my firm belief that he is unworthy of receiving any monetary compensation. These sentiments were expressed by Greene in a post made on X following the vote that took place on Tuesday night.

An amendment was proposed by Rep. Troy Nehls, a Republican from Texas, to the Transportation, Housing and Urban Development, and Related Agencies Appropriations Act of 2024. The purpose of this amendment was to decrease the yearly salary of Ann E. Carlson, who is currently serving as the acting administrator of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, to a nominal amount of $1. The amendment, which aimed to pass with a vote of 264-164, was ultimately unsuccessful. Both Republicans and Democrats united in their efforts to prevent its passage.

The term "embattled" refers to a situation or individual that is facing difficulties, challenges, An amendment has been introduced by Rep. George Santos, a representative from New York who belongs to the Republican party. This amendment aims to reduce the salary of Polly Trottenberg, who currently holds the position of deputy secretary of Transportation. If this amendment is approved, Trottenberg's salary will be reduced to a nominal amount of $1. The proposed measure was unsuccessful, as evidenced by the final vote tally of 318-112. Both Republicans and Democrats voted in opposition to the measure.

Representative Ralph Norman, a Republican from South Carolina, has put forth a proposal to reduce the salary of Julia Gordon, who currently serves as the assistant secretary for Housing and the Federal Housing Commissioner. The proposed reduction would bring her salary down to a mere $1. The proposed measure, which aimed to address a specific issue, was unsuccessful in garnering support from both Republicans and Democrats, resulting in a final vote tally of 272-155 against it.

As of Tuesday afternoon, amendments have been filed by Greene, one of which suggests a reduction in the salary of Marcia Fudge, the Secretary of Housing and Urban Development, to a mere $1. According to an official House Republican webpage, the item in question was subsequently marked as "not offered" and removed.


The inclusion of the "Holman Rule" in the GOP conference rules package for the current session of Congress was made possible by house conservatives. This rule was adopted during the tenure of former House Speaker Kevin McCarthy. Lawmakers have the authority to include provisions in appropriations bills that enable them to terminate the employment of specific federal officials or withhold their salaries.

In the past, certain conservative Republicans proposed amendments aimed at discontinuing the allocation of funds for the salaries of high-ranking officials within the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). These proposed amendments were included in a distinct appropriations bill. However, it is worth noting that these amendments were ultimately rejected by members from both the Republican and Democratic parties.


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