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Republican amendment to reduce Defense Secretary Austin's salary to $1 passes House

Georgia GOP Rep. Majorie Taylor Greene introduced the amendment on the House floor during the debate over the FY2024 spending bill

Published: September 27, 2023 3:59pm

Updated: September 27, 2023 5:18pm

House Republicans passed an amendment Wednesday to slash Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin's annual salary to $1, a legislative maneuver they have been vowing to pull in an attempt to censure Biden Cabinet members whom they think have failed to adequately do their job.

The amendment was introduced by Georgia GOP Rep. Majorie Taylor Greene during the debate over the fiscal 2024 spending bill.

"This is the first time in the 118th Congress the Holman rule has been used to hold a Biden official accountable. It’s time for more," Greene wrote on social media, referring to a House ruling dating back to the 1870s that allows amendments to appropriations legislation that would reduce the salary of a specific federal employees.

The measure passed on a voice vote. 

Austin critics say the military under his leadership has become "woke" and is headed in the wrong direction.

Austin has pushed back on the criticism. 

"Any notion that [service members] are woke or that our military is woke, you know, I take issue with that because it's just not true," he has said.

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