House passes pay freeze for federal workers

Thursday, December 9, 2010; B03

The House approved legislation Wednesday that freezes base pay for federal employees at current levels for two years.

President Obama called for the freeze last week as part of an effort to control the national deficit, angering federal employee organizations and upsetting local members of Congress.

"The hard truth is that getting this deficit under control is going to require broad sacrifice," he said. "And that sacrifice must be shared by the employees of the federal government."

The pay freeze is projected to save a total of $28 billion over five years, a fraction of a $1.3 trillion budget shortfall. The legislation now goes to the Senate.

- Joe Davidson

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