Texas Congressman Wants to Take Away Eric Holder's Salary
Rep. Blake Farenthold, R-Texas, has introduced a bill that would officially stop paying any federal employee who was currently held in contempt of Congress.
Farenthold specifically mentioned Attorney General Eric Holder after introducing the legislation in the House of Representatives, insisting that he should not receive a paycheck after failing to turn over documents related to the Fast and Furious scandal.
“The American people should not be footing the bill for federal employees who stonewall Congress or rewarding government officials’ bad behavior,” Farenthold said in a statement. “If the average American failed to do his or her job, he or she would hardly be rewarded. High-ranking government officials should be treated no differently than everyone else.”
Farenthold’s aggressive effort against Holder is not surprising.
During a Congressional hearing with the Attorney General last week, Farenthold told Holder that he felt that he shouldn’t even be allowed in congress.
“I don't think I can be a part of eroding the constitutional balance of power, favoring the executive over the legislative,” he said during the hearing, after declining to question the Attorney General. “I don't think Mr. Holder should be here. He's in contempt of this body.”