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Senate CR would cancel federal raise

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A proposed raise for the federal workforce, already modest, would disappear under a Senate bill that also would fund the government for the rest of the fiscal year. (Stock image)

The Senate has released legislation that would avert a March 27 shutdown and fund the government through September. Unfortunately for federal employees, the bill also keeps wages frozen for the rest of 2013.

The Consolidated and Further Continuing Appropriations Act of 2013 mirrors pay-freeze language in the House-passed continuing resolution, and would cancel President Barack Obama’s suggested 0.5 percent raise for the federal workforce.

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For more details on the Senate's continuing resolution, click here.

In the newly released Senate bill, Section 1112 rescinds the provision permitting a civilian pay adjustment for federal employees, continuing the current pay freeze until Dec. 31, 2013.

Sen. Barbara Mikulski (D-Md.), chairwoman of the Senate Appropriations Committee, said the bipartisan agreement avoids a shutdown, adheres to the Budget Control Act, enhances the House CR for many critical priorities, "and lets us wrap up fiscal year 2013 so we can get to next year’s budget and find a balanced solution to sequester."

Not unexpectedly, federal labor union leaders were critical of the news that wages would remain frozen. J. David Cox Sr., national president of the American Federation of Government Employees, said some Republican senators balked at the idea of even a modest bump, even though "the wealthiest contractors" got a 10 percent raise.

"Federal employees now will have suffered three years of no pay raises, at the same time hundreds of thousands of them are facing multiple days of furloughs because of sequestration," Cox said. "It’s hard to imagine the federal government becoming a less attractive employer than it is today after this decision."

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Camille Tuutti is a former FCW staff writer who covered federal oversight and the workforce.

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Reader comments

Thu, Mar 21, 2013

The American public does not yet know what the impact of the furloughs will be. The public will start to feel it in about a month. The sequester is nothing more than an unfair TAX on every federal employee. Thank you Tea Party!

Wed, Mar 20, 2013

It's time to stop whinning about what somebody else gets. We're TRILLIONS in debt and it's time to pay. It's not going to get better next year. It's time to send a clear message to Washington; BALANCED BUDGET AMENDMENT! Politicians can't be trusted with the check book.

Tue, Mar 19, 2013

The comment at the top is the most important. Who in their right mind is going to take on the burden of the cost of a college education to work somewhere that even THEY feel is a good whipping post for our countries economic problems. The last group of decent wage "middle class" employees is being broken down, and the rest of the country is cheering it on. Well, yay!!!! Now we'll all being making less and paying more. Too bad it doesn't do a darn thing about the debt!

Thu, Mar 14, 2013

If I was a young college graduate in one of the STEM fields the federal government is the last employer I'd be applying to. Too many self-serving chiefs (aka politicians) who denigrate the workers while inventing new ways to cheat them out of a fair market wage.

Thu, Mar 14, 2013

FINALLY! Lawmakers agree on something. Our pay cut. It's easy because we aren't allowed to go on strike! It's against the law. That's why we are the target. We are easy prey with no defense except to quit. Two million of us aren't going to quit and they know it. Instead of targeting the servants, how about targetting the lazy, good for nothing , moochers who collect a check, having done NOTHING for their country or anyone else for that matter. Those who sit on their rump, get food stamps, a welfare check, free medical care and a host of other services. Those services need to be the first to be cutback. Those are not assistance programs, they are enabler programs. If you need help, sure 2 months help could be available once every 10 years for the misfortunate person that losses a job due to employer cutbacks, but not for the fool that quits or gets fired for not showing up to work or refusing to do their job. Some have been on handouts for many years. Politcians can't agree to cut spending because every single one of 'em have accepted bribes (they call them campaign funds now) from some special interest group.

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