Senate prohibits defense contractors’ salaries from exceeding the president’s

Sen. Barbara BoxerBarbara BoxerCruz fouls out in Indiana Carter pledges probe of sex assault testimony Senate panel backs B water bill with Flint aid MORE (D-Calif.) the bill’s chief co-sponsor, argued along with Sen. Chuck GrassleyChuck GrassleyAdvocacy group seeks probe into DOD statements on sexual assault Social Security moves to block the mentally ill from purchasing guns GOP group enlists public with opposition research app MORE (R-Iowa) on Thursday that it is inappropriate for an employee serving the executive branch to make more than the commander in chief.

“Taxpayers should not be on the hook for exorbitant government contractor salaries, Boxer said.

Grassley also spun it as a “good government amendment.

“We can’t afford to waste increasingly limited defense dollars, he said. “This amendment goes after an unnecessary expenditure by containing runaway spending in a type of contract used extensively by the Department of Defense. 

A news release from Boxer’s office noted that the cap passed under the amendment is still double the $200,000 salary that the president’s Cabinet secretaries earn.  

The amendment cleared the upper chamber by unanimous consent Thursday, en bloc, with several other amendments.

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