New Bill would Extend Pay Freeze Through This Year

A House Republican has introduced legislation that would extend the pay freeze through the end of 2013.

Rep. Ron DeSantis, R-Fla., and 28 co-sponsors, introduced the bill that would prevent federal employees from seeing an across-the-board pay increase in the spring.

In December, President Barack Obama issued an executive order that would end the two-year freeze in March and give civilian federal employees a 0.5 percent pay increase in 2013.

“The president has once again demonstrated his penchant for unrestrained spending by giving federal employees an across-the-board pay hike and sticking the rest of us with the $11 billion bill,” DeSantis said. Obama’s proposed 2013 pay increase would cost the government $11 billion, according to a Congressional Budget Office estimate.

The House will consider the bill next week, House Majority Leader Eric Cantor, R-Va., said in a statement.

Federal employee associations expressed their disapproval over the new bill.

“For more than two years, middle-class federal workers across America have endured a pay freeze while their grocery bills, healthcare costs and children’s tuition has gone up and up,” said Joseph Beaudoin, president of the National Active and Retired Federal Employees Association. “This sacrifice has already saved America’s taxpayers over $60 billion. How much more does the House Majority expect these middle-class families to give? It’s time Congress looked elsewhere for savings.”

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