On Nov. 7, the U.S. House of Representatives approved legislation to reduce Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg’s salary to $1 a year.
The proposal, introduced by Republican Congresswoman Marjorie Taylor Greene under the so-called Holman Rule, was approved as an amendment to the 2024 Transportation and Housing budget legislation.
The Holman Rule allows federal employees to be cut in pay or fired.
Greene https://twitter.com/RepMTG/status/1722029088074797456 approval by the House of Commons on her Platform X account, accusing Minister Buttigieg of taking taxpayer-funded private flights.
“American taxpayers should not shoulder the cost of his lavish trips or his salary,” the congresswoman said.
The attached video then shows her speech on the floor of the House of Representatives, where she said Buttigieg had “failed” in his duties as transportation secretary, citing several examples, such as his slow response to the high-profile February chemical train derailment in East Ohio Palestine.
“Pete Buttigieg is not doing his job. All he cares about is fake photo shoots and taxpayer-funded private jet trips so he can claim an LGBTQ award.” https://twitter.com/RepMTG/status/1722035322811253223 Greene in another post, adding, “I’m glad my amendment passed, but he doesn’t deserve a dime.”
A spokesman for the Ministry of Transport commented on the vote in the lower house to the newspaper The Epoch Times: “The Republican vote in Congress demonstrates a lack of seriousness about real issues that directly impact Americans and the American economy.”
“Rather, the Secretary is concerned about the House Republican bill, which drastically reduces the security of railroads, ports critical to America’s supply chain, and other critical infrastructure that millions of Americans and American businesses rely on every day.” Right now, our country needs more investment in infrastructure, not less.”
During Buttigieg’s tenure from 2021, there have been widespread problems with the global supply chain, grounding of container ships at major ports and several cases of mass flight cancellations by airlines.
Aviation and rail security failures
On September 5, Republicans on the House Oversight and Accountability Committee sent a letter to the secretary asking him to provide information related to aviation and rail safety failures that have occurred across the country.
“Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) data shows that there were 1,730 runway violations in all of 2022, compared to 1,539 this year as of July 24, 2023,” the letter states.
“Since the beginning of 2021, approximately 2,000 rail incidents have been reported across the country, including approximately 1,310 derailments and 146 collisions.”
The letter then lists some of the aviation and rail incidents across the United States in recent years.
The article was originally published on the website of the American Epoch Times.