If the U.S. House members, including those from Oklahoma, have their way, the salary of Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg would be slashed to $1.
The GOP-controlled House voted Tuesday night in a voice vote to do such that, creating a new salary of $1 a year. Since it was a voice vote, there was no recording of how the Representatives voted.
OK Energy Today reached out to the offices of Oklahoma’s five Representatives.
“That amendment passed by voice vote (no recorded vote) but if it had been a recorded vote, Rep. Hern would have voted for it,” responded a spokeswoman for the Tulsa Representative.
The move to slash Buttigieg’s salary was part of a funding bill for the General Services Administration and was introduced by Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene of Georgia.
“I’m proud to announce my amendment to FIRE Pete Buttigieg just PASSED the House,” tweeted Greene after the vote.
“American taxpayers should not be on the hook for paying for his lavish trips or his salary.”
Since Democrats control the Senate, Buttigieg is likely optimistic it won’t be approved there. It would also not be approved by President Biden.
Buttigieg, named DOT Secretary in 2021, has been heavily criticized over a series of issues including the massive commercial airline flight cancellations and the toxic waste train derailment in East Palestine, Ohio. He is also the target of a Department of Transportation internal watchdog investigation into his use of private jets to travel around the country.