Obama proposes two year wage freeze for Federal employees
No mention of exempting the lowest paid Fed workers...but he wouldn't think that way would he?
President Barack Obama proposed freezing the pay of about 2 million federal civilian employees this fiscal year and next to help rein in the budget deficit.
The freeze would hit all civilian workers in the government, including those at the Department of Defense. Military personnel wouldn’t be affected. The move would save about $2 billion for the rest of fiscal 2011, which ends Sept. 30, and more than $60 billion over the next decade, according to the White House.
“Getting this deficit under control is going to require broad sacrifice,” Obama said today in Washington. “And that sacrifice must be shared by the employees of the federal government.”
“A federal pay freeze saves peanuts at best,” John Gage, president of the American Federation of Government Employees, said in a statement. “The American people didn’t vote to stick it to a Veterans Administration nursing assistant making $28,000 a year or a border patrol agent earning $34,000 per year.” (My empasis)
Republicans luuuuv the idea.
Representative Steny Hoyer of Maryland, the No. 2 Democrat in the House, said Americans are tightening their belt and “federal employees must be not different.” He said the pay- freeze should apply to military personnel, except for soldiers “risking their lives” in Iraq, Afghanistan or elsewhere.
“It would have also added an element of fairness: there has been parity between civilian and military pay raises for 22 of the past 28 years in which raises were authorized,” said Hoyer, whose district includes military installations and federal civilian employees in suburban Washington.
Yeah, those soldiers are way overpaid. OMG, Steny!!!
Obama video, for those who can handle it. Broad sacrifice, babeeee!!!
Only two days until Cat Food Commission recommendations are supposed to be announced! BOHICA, y'all.