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    Obama freezes salaries of some White House aides

    Obama freezes salaries of some White House aides - Yahoo! News

    President Barack Obama's first public act in office Wednesday was to institute new limits on lobbyists in his White House and to freeze the salaries of high-paid aides, in a nod to the country's economic turmoil.

    Announcing the moves while attending a ceremony in the Eisenhower Executive Office Building to swear in his staff, Obama said the steps "represent a clean break from business as usual."

    The pay freeze, first reported by The Associated Press, would hold salaries at their current levels for the roughly 100 White House employees who make over $100,000 a year. "Families are tightening their belts, and so should Washington," said the new president, taking office amid startlingly bad economic times that many fear will grow worse.

    Those affected by the freeze include the high-profile jobs of White House chief of staff, national security adviser and press secretary. Other aides who work in relative anonymity also would fit into that cap if Obama follows a structure similar to the one George W. Bush set up.

    Obama's new lobbying rules will not only ban aides from trying to influence the administration when they leave his staff. Those already hired will be banned from working on matters they have previously lobbied on, or to approach agencies that they once targeted.

    The rules also ban lobbyists from giving gifts of any size to any member of his administration. It wasn't immediately clear whether the ban would include the traditional "previous relationships" clause, allowing gifts from friends or associates with which an employee comes in with strong ties
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    I wonder whether all those people complaining about Congress paying themselves more will applaud Obama's move.
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    Re: Obama freezes salaries of some White House aides

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    I wonder whether all those people complaining about Congress paying themselves more will applaud Obama's move.
    Wow, for a second I thought "Bad idea!" But then I realized that a salary freeze means that their wages aren't going up not that he's going to stop paying them.

    Good move on his part. More symbolic than effective, but it is a good sign to people.
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    Re: Obama freezes salaries of some White House aides

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    I wonder whether all those people complaining about Congress paying themselves more will applaud Obama's move.
    <<<Two time Bush voter here gives Obama *****. That ain`t a curse word,thats FIVE STARS. Great start! The first sign of the new Prez standing behind his inaugural speach... Translation of the inaugural speach is...,"I`m gonna kick tail and take names till the money whores are gone and America is back on its feet",( Now thats a word-for-word literal translation).

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