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

Sen. Barbara BoxerBarbara BoxerDems gain upper hand on budget Overnight Finance: Senate rejects funding bill as shutdown looms | Labor Dept. to probe Wells Fargo | Fed to ease stress test rules for small banks Funding bill rejected as shutdown nears MORE (D-Calif.) the bill’s chief co-sponsor, argued along with Sen. Chuck GrassleyChuck GrassleyThe Trail 2016: Fight night Clinton, Trump tied in Iowa, Grassley leads in Senate race Senate rivals gear up for debates 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.