House Passes Federal Pay Freeze

Posted by Connor Walsh on

In the closing days of 2012, President Barack Obama issued an Executive Order providing for an across-the-board increase in federal pay for the Vice President, Members of Congress, Cabinet Secretaries and other federal employees.

Today, in a bipartisan 261-154 vote, the House passed H.R. 273 overturning the President's Federal Pay Hike and saving taxpayers $11 billion over ten years.

House Majority Leader Eric Cantor released the following statement applauding House passage"

“Today, the House voted to overturn President Obama’s executive order which gave the entire civilian federal workforce – including the Vice President and Cabinet Secretaries – an across-the-board pay hike. Federal workers already make 16% more than those in the private sector. Even during the current federal pay freeze, the average federal salary increased by more than $3,000. Hardworking taxpayers and families struggling to get by shouldn’t have to bear an additional $11 billion in new government spending.

“The President’s pay hike is extremely reckless in the face of sequestration. The Administration should be looking for ways to reduce spending not increase it. Putting our country on a fiscally sustainable path should not only be shared goal, it is a responsibility. It’s time to work together and get serious about solving our spending problem.”





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