Cuts to federal workforce outlined in bill

Legislation proposes 10-year timeline for reduction

Rep. Kevin Brady (R-Texas) has introduced legislation that would cut the federal workforce by 10 percent over the next decade and freeze civilian employee pay for a total of three years. Both steps were recommended in a recent report by the president’s National Commission on Fiscal Responsibility and Reform.

Brady’s bill, “Cut Unsustainable and Top-Heavy Spending,” (H.R. 235) would reduce federal spending by an estimated $153 billion, according to Brady.

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Along with shrinking the federal workforce and the freeze, the bill would slash White House and congressional budgets by 15 percent, freeze Congressional pay for three years, eliminate government programs that are obsolete or duplicative and reduce Defense Department spending on procurement by 15 percent, according to information from Brady.

The bill introduced Jan. 7 would also collect unpaid taxes from federal workers. It also would deny unemployment benefits to unemployed people earning more or having assets greater than $1 million annually.

“Our nation's budget is out of control. We need to take strong actions today to get it back on track,” said Brady, the incoming vice chairman of the Joint Economic Committee and a senior member of the House Ways and Means Committee. “Both Republicans and Democrats on the deficit commission agreed these cuts need to be made, so let's make a down payment on restoring our nation to a balanced budget and leaner government.”

The workforce provisions and some of the other areas the bill targets for cuts might get opposition from fellow lawmakers and outside stakeholders. For example, the bill proposes to reduce research and development at DOD by 10 percent, eliminate funding for the Office of Safe and Drug-Free Schools and the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, and slowing the growth of foreign aid. 

The president’s debt commission released its report in December, which included many of the spending reductions Brady is proposing in his legislation. The report did not earn the number of commission votes necessary for it to be passed on to Congress, but observers speculated that the panel’s recommendations would likely show up in future legislation.

Brady's bill has been referred to several House committees, including the Appropriations Committee, the Oversight and Government Reform Committee, the Ways and Means Committee, and the Energy and Commerce Committee.



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Reader comments

Fri, Mar 11, 2011 realitycheck DC

The Republicans have duped people into believing that the entire financial crisis is the fault of some GS employee sitting in his or her office just trying to do a job. Unfortunately, people are buying this load of bunk and have now put federal employees under an undeserving spotlight.

Sun, Feb 20, 2011 Frustrated Louisiana

I agree with Rep. Brady in several of his ideas. At least some of the GOP is realizing past mistakes and making efforts to at least try and correct things. If you look at voting records, it has been the libral progressives who have voted on all these recent spending increases and tax increases. Washington(Conservative and Libral) definitely has to start making cuts and do it now. Some are gonna sting a little and evryone will not walk away smiling. However, I also agree with alot of the above comments as well. I firmly believe that Congress and the fatcats in Washington should take the reigns and lead by example. I feel that everything they pass or impose on the people, it should also pertain to them as well. I believe they should have to contribute more to social security and health care coverage like we do. If they had to put in to social security ans then draw what we do when we retire, it would be fixed in 2 weeks. I too, strongly encourage washington to cut all foreign aid. Right now we need to fix the US before we can fix everyone else. Plus, most of the money sent, ends up in the wrong hands anyway.

Mon, Jan 24, 2011

Why not reduce Foreign Aid? We give Billions to other coutries. I recommend we take care of our own people first. The economy and our huge dept is valid reason to reduce our Foreign Aid. I'm sure the countries will understand the reduction.

Wed, Jan 19, 2011

Federal employees are a much better value any day - - - let's prove my point and let those who are within 5 years retire. I fight everyday to do my job with some disgruntled manager who is new to government (couldn't cut it in the private sector not someone who choose service during strong economic times) and doesn't understand anything so decisions made led to incredible waste. His claim to credibility is being "new" and therefore gets away withit. What a joke. There is a lot of waste and it goes back to really bad decision making.

Wed, Jan 19, 2011 David Teaxs

Is this guy Brady for real, the reason that the US economy and spending are out of control is because of politicians like him who voted to bail out every company in the country showing up to Washington with their hands out. Politicians like him voted on bills without even knowing what was in them, many were so massive that it would have take a team if aids months to go through and figure out exactly what they were voting on, but no these brilliant politicians did it in a week. I don’t see Brady giving up anything, he will have is cushy pension and lifetime medical coverage “did I mention that’s free” to him. Brady just found an easy group to take to the cleaners, but keep this in mind Mr. Brady the average government employee didn’t create this mess, it was you the politicians and your blind leading the blind attitude that did. I have an idea, how about congress take two weeks furlough, at least Washington would run correctly for at least two weeks, it’s a start.

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