Dec 19, 2013

Federal Pay Freeze Extension Seems to be a Done Deal in 2013

Last week the House of Representatives passed a funding measure, known as a continuing resolution, (CR) to keep the government funded for the remainder of the fiscal year. The CR, bill number H.R. 933, maintains the across the board sequestration cuts and includes a provision to extend the pay freeze for a full third year. This week, the Senate introduced a version of the continuing resolution. The Senate version is very similar to the House version and includes a provision to extend the pay freeze for federal employees.

While the Senate measure provides additional flexibilities for shifting sequestration cuts to a few federal agencies, the measure essentially maintains the automatic cuts. By failing to address sequestration cuts on the whole, hundreds of thousands of federal employees still face up to 22 days of unpaid furloughs. "I'm extremely disappointed to see that our champions in the Senate put up no real fight to keep this anti-federal worker proposal out of the funding measure," said NAGE Federal Director Gina Lightfoot-Walker.

"A government shutdown would be a disaster, but Congress cannot continue to use federal employees as a bargaining chip to ensure the passage of important legislation." Both chambers of Congress must pass a bill before March 27th, to avoid a government shutdown. If a government shutdown were to occur, the government would cease to provide all but the essential services and nearly all federal employees would be furloughed until a deal is reached to resume funding.


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"I'm extremely disappointed to see that our champions in the Senate put up no real fight to keep this anti-federal worker proposal out of the funding measure," said NAGE Federal Director Gina Lightfoot-Walker.
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