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01.17.13

Democratic Whip Floor Update

Democrats are urged to vote no on H.R. 273 - to eliminate the 2013 statutory pay adjustment for federal employees.

From the Office of Democratic Whip Steny H. Hoyer

Next week, the House is expected to consider H.R. 273 – To eliminate the 2013 statutory pay adjustment for Federal employees. This bill would freeze federal employees’ salaries for the third consecutive year. It also would also extend the Member pay freeze that was signed into law as part of the “fiscal cliff” legislation by 3 months, through the end of the calendar year.

Already, middle-class federal workers have contributed $103 billion toward deficit reduction through pay freezes and changes to retirement benefits. House Republicans once again will ask federal employees to give up their hard-earned pay because Congress cannot reach a balanced solution to reduce our deficit.
Moreover, as of January 1, newly hired employees will take home 2.3% less in compensation compared to federal employees hired before the new year as a result of a change that was enacted to the federal pension system last winter. This change will yield an additional $15 billion in deficit reduction over ten years.
House Republicans want to spend the opening days of this new Congress engaged in the same short-sighted and counterproductive campaign against federal employees that we saw last Congress.

DEMOCRATS ARE URGED TO VOTE NO ON H.R. 273.

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