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House moves to extend pay freeze for federal workers

By The Associated Press

This article was published February 15, 2013 at 7:38 a.m.

— House conservatives want to extend to a full three years the current freeze on cost-of-living pay increases for the nation’s 2 million civilian federal workers.

They say that blocking a modest raise proposed by President Barack Obama for the last nine months of this year will save $11 billion over the long run and that well-compensated federal employees can afford it.

Democrats, and a few Republicans, say federal workers have already done more than their fair share in helping reduce the federal deficit and they are being singled out for punishment by anti-government lawmakers.

The House on Thursday took up legislation by freshman Rep. Ron DeSantis, R-Fla., that would block the 0.5 percent pay increase Obama ordered in December and scheduled to go into effect at the end of March. DeSantis said federal spending is out of control and his bill “tackles Congress and our bloated federal government head-on.”

His bill would affect across-the-board pay increases but not merit and longevity raises.

The GOP-led House is expected to pass the bill on Friday, but it’s likely to receive a cold reception in the Democratic-controlled Senate.

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Jackabbott says... February 15, 2013 at 8:09 a.m.

The % increases, if any, for all federal workers including Congress and the Supreme Court should be exact same % as SS increases. These people are not any better than anyone else.

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JIMBOB47 says... February 15, 2013 at 9 a.m.

Agree, Jackabbott, BUT, there is such a broad spectrum of FEDERAL workers, there should be SELECTIVE sets of NO INCREASES.. Start with the LEGISLATIVE, EXECUTIVE, and JUDICIAL branches of the FEDS (includes ALL employed directly under them), then departments that don't CONTRIBUTE anything to our nation -- DEPT OF ED for starters, and a lot of others... Let's not punish the FAA, the military, the SSA, etc. It wouldn't take a rocket scientist to figure out the worthless/over-paid cronies at the FED feed-bag.

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djaye says... February 15, 2013 at 3:03 p.m.

This coming from people that can and have voted themselves a pay raise, have their own retirement plan and not social security, and lifetime retirement even if they only serve 1 term. They shouldn't be able to do any of that . They are not better than anyone else, they just think they are...

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