Meanwhile, Buttigieg makes surprise trip to Ukraine…worrying about its infrastructure.
Legal Insurrection has exhaustively covered the many and spectacular failures of Department of Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg. Some of the low-lights:
- Transportation Sec. Pete Buttigieg Compared to a ‘Toddler Playing with Toy Train Set’ after Maine Derailment
- Pete Buttigieg Avoided Calls, Meetings While on Paternity Leave During Supply Chain Crisis, FOIA Documents Show
- Pete Buttigieg Launching Billion Dollar Program to Build Racial Equity in Roads
- Non-Essential Worker Pete Buttigieg Secretly Was on Paid Paternity Leave Since August and No One Noticed
- Pete Buttigieg: Families Buying Electric Cars “Never Have to Worry About Gas Prices Again”
In other words, if there is a policy that is destructive to the prosperity and liberty of the American people that involves transportation in any manner, Buttigieg is all in.
In a move that shows this iteration of Congress is more aligned with the normals in this country, the House of Representatives trims the salary of the Transportation Secretary a bit.
The House approved a measure late Tuesday that would slash Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg’s taxpayer-funded government salary to just $1.
The bill — which was introduced by Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene, R-Ga. — was passed via voice vote Tuesday as an amendment to the 2024 Financial Services and General Government Appropriations Act, the standalone funding bill for the General Services Administration, Securities and Exchange Commission and other related agencies.
“I’m proud to announce my amendment to FIRE Pete Buttigieg just PASSED the House. Pothole Pete staged fake bike rides to the White House and used private planes funded by taxpayers to receive awards for the way certain people have sex,” Greene said in a social media post Tuesday. “American taxpayers should not be on the hook for paying for his lavish trips or his salary.”
“Pete Buttigieg doesn’t do his job. It’s all about fake photo ops and taxpayer-funded private jet trip to accept LGBTQ awards for him,” Greene added. “I’m happy my amendment passed, but he doesn’t deserve a single penny.”
And while the move is not likely to be greeted with approval in the US Senate, it is a good example of the application of the Holman Rule.
The Holman Rule — which gives members the ability to propose amendments for appropriations bills that decrease the salaries for specific federal workers or programs to $1, essentially defunding them — was reintroduced in January, when House Republicans adopted a rules package following Rep. Kevin McCarthy’s (R-Calif.) battle to become Speaker.
It’s not the first time Greene and other Republicans have taken to the rule to slash salaries to target sending by the Biden administration. In September, Greene offered another amendment reducing pay for Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin.
While this budget vote happened, Buttigieg was in Ukraine — worried about the infrastructure of its capital city.
Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg made an unexpected visit to Ukraine on Wednesday, as controversy dogs him over taxpayer-funded flights he took on private jets last year.
Buttigieg, 41, visited Kyiv to meet with government leaders and discuss plans to revive the war-torn nation’s economy, including by “supporting investments in transportation infrastructure,” according to a Department of Transportation press release.
The Cabinet member also appointed Robert Mariner as a senior adviser to be stationed in Ukraine’s capital, citing his previous role advising the the US Embassy in Kabul, Afghanistan.
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