Editor’s Note – Considering federal workers average almost double what the private sector makes, this is a long overdue move.
However, just as we saw with ‘Blue Dog’ Democrats, the Progressive left is now throwing federal workers under the bus. After two years of spending like drunken sailors, with all due apologies to drunken sailors, Obama looks first to federal employees to take the hit.
Of course, it’s karma well deserved for supporting the Democrat Party and it’s Progressive agenda so staunchly through their labor uniuons.
Citing Deficit, Obama Freezing Federal Worker Pay
WASHINGTON – President Barack Obama on Monday called for freezing the pay of 2 million federal employees, saying the move is the first of many difficult decisions that must be made to slash the nation’s mounting deficits.
“The hard truth is that getting this deficit under control is going to require some broad sacrifice, and that sacrifice must be shared by the employees of the federal government,” Obama said.
The two-year freeze would apply to all civilian federal employees, including those working at the Department of Defense, but would not affect military personnel. The freeze is expected to save more than $5 billion in savings over two years, $28 billion over five years and more than $60 billion over 10 years, White House officials said.
Federal pay is determined by Congress, and lawmakers must approve Obama’s call for a freeze.
Congress is not covered by Obama’s order, but lawmakers voted last April to freeze their pay, with the House and Senate opting to forgo an automatic $1,600 annual cost-of-living increase. House members and senators now are paid $174,000 a year. Their last pay increase was $4,700 a year at beginning of 2009.
The president’s pay of $400,000 a year was fixed by Congress in January 2001. It has not changed since then.
While Obama said the federal employee salary freeze was necessary to put the nation on sound fiscal footing, he also said that he didn’t reach the decision lightly.
“This is not just a line item on a federal ledger,” he said. “These are people’s lives.”
The savings from the pay freeze make only a small dent in the nation’s $1 trillion-plus budget deficit. But with voters voicing their anger over Washington’s spending during the midterm elections, even a symbolic gesture would show the White House got the message.
Obama and bipartisan congressional leaders will meet at the White House Tuesday for the first time since Republicans gained control of the House and increased their strength in the Senate during the midterm elections. Obama said he hopes the move to freeze federal pay sets a serious tone for the meetings.
“We’re going to have to budge on some deeply held positions, and compromise for the good of the country,” Obama said.
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