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House to Vote to Freeze Federal Worker Pay

buster33 Wrote: Feb 15, 2013 10:11 AM
Wait! Won't freezing pay be a drag on the economy?! Will this not deprive some workers of acchieving their dream to make it into the middle class? It goes like this: if we pay these workers a living wage, they'll spend that extra money which will stimulate job growth, reducing unemployment,food stamp and welfare outlays. Increased taxes, sorry "revenues," will flow to the government. If we want to reduce the deficit we should INCREASE workers' pay. I'd write more but President Obama just called and wants me to change the phrase "pay more" to "invest in."

The House of Representatives today will vote to freeze the pay of federal employees, which would extend a policy that President Obama wants to put to an end. Obama is seeking a pay increase for federal workers.

 

The GOP-led House is expected to pass the bill on Friday, but it's likely to receive a cold reception in the Democratic-controlled Senate.

Budget hawks, in supporting the freeze, say the average federal worker compensation, including benefits, is nearly double the median U.S. household income. They point to a 2012 Congressional Budget Office study showing that, while...

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