This may not come as a surprise if you work for Uncle Sam, but it appears that somebody up there on Capitol Hill doesn't like you.
Nor are the budget cutters, Republicans or Democrats, crazy about congressional committees that try to defend civil servants against pay freezes, reduced retirement benefits and a host of other proposed changes. Consider the money problems of the House Post Office/Civil Service Committee.
Never a sexy place (like Foreign Affairs) or a powerhouse post (like Ways and Means), the committee tends to get either freshmen, who have no choice, or members from districts where there are lots of government workers--such as Washington's suburbs, or Denver, Cleveland, St. Louis, Chicago or New York.
Perhaps because it is protective of feds (it recently rejected every single civil service cutback proposed in the president's budget), the committee has drawn one of the short straws in this year's budget allocations.
While some got double-digit budget increases (Agriculture Committee, 20 percent; District Committee, 12 percent; Education and Labor,14 percent; Armed Services, 18 percent) the PO/CS unit, headed by Michigan Democrat Bill Ford, is targeted for one of the smaller increases: 6.7 percent. This is less than last year's inflation rate.
It means that the committee may not be able to afford the sort of studies, staff work and field hearings that could allow it to defend on political grounds some of the cutbacks targeted for U.S. workers this year, which just may be the reason the committee budget is being held to such a modest increase.