Before Leaving for Recess, Congress Approves Pay Freeze Extension

Over the weekend, the Senate approved an extended pay freeze for federal employees and members of Congress as part of a six-month spending measure that avoids a government shutdown.

The $1.047 trillion continuing resolution will fund the government through March 27, 2012, preventing any salary increases for federal workers until April at the earliest. However, employees who receive promotions, step increases or performance awards will remain eligible for raises.

The continuing resolution sets fiscal 2013 funding at the level required by the 2011 Budget Control Act, which maintains the current funding levels for federal agencies and programs but provides for an across-the-board increase of 0.6 percent.

Sen. Bob Corker, R-Tenn., voted against the bill, protesting the passage of a spending bill without the passage of a budget, which has not happened in three years.

“I don’t believe we should be considering a continuing resolution or any spending bill until we have done the basic job of prioritizing how taxpayer dollars are spent and at what levels,” Corker said in an email statement.

The joint resolution now heads to President Obama for his signature. He had previously recommended a 0.5 percent pay raise for federal employees in 2013 after Congress passed a budget.

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