Ohio Republican Senator Rob Portman came out publicly against the pay raise President Barack Obama signed into law last week. Portman told reporters:
"At a time when our country is facing record debt and trillion-dollar deficits, the last thing Washington should do is reward itself with a pay increase. I am calling on President Obama to withdraw his recent executive order raising federal salaries -- including for members of Congress. Until a long-term deficit reduction agreement is reached, we should not consider increasing the pay for Congress."
Portman's criticism of the bump in pay echoes many other conservative law makers remarks over the first raise in three years.