Sen. Barbara BoxerBarbara BoxerFight over California drought heats up in Congress Dems see political gold in fight over Trump's taxes Latinos key in Democratic battle for California delegates MORE (D-Calif.) the bill’s chief co-sponsor, argued along with Sen. Chuck GrassleyChuck GrassleySenate fight brews over Afghan visas Clinton email headache is about to get worse Ten senators ask FCC to delay box plan 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.