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Fitzpatrick Pushes Bill Blocking Congressional Pay Raise

The Bucks County congressman's bill stopping an approved federal employee pay raise has passed in the House.

 

A bill blocking a congressional and civilian federal employee pay raise introduced by Bucks County Rep. Mike Fitzpatrick was approved in the House of Representatives in Washington D.C. on Monday.

Fitzpatrick’s GOP-backed bill was approved in the House by a vote of 287-129. The Washington Post reported 55 Democrats voted with their GOP counterparts to approve the bill.

The legislation rescinds the congressional and civilian federal employee pay raise that President Obama approved in the final days of 2012. The president’s approved executive order gave all non-military federal employees a cost of living pay increase starting March 27; something they have not seen in three years.

If approved by the Senate and president, the Fitzpatrick bill would keep the pay freeze in effect for the rest of 2013.

"At a time when American families are tightening their belts and businesses are reducing salaries to make ends meet, I believe that the federal government must lead by example," Fitzpatrick said in a statement issued when he was introducing the bill on Monday.

Fitzpatrick asked in the statement what message the public would get if congress people got a raise while “private sector and small businesses are being asked to sacrifice.”

A January 2012 report by the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office found pay and benefit compensation for civilian federal employees was 16 percent greater than people holding similar positions in the private sector.

“Federal employees have continued to receive promotions and within-grade pay increases over the past few years of the supposed ‘pay freeze,’ and voluntary separations from the federal government are near all-time lows,” outspoken California GOP Rep. Darrell Issa said in a statement.

Minnesota Rep. Michele Bachmann, Ohio Rep. Jim Renacci and several other lawmakers all introduced similar legislation to reinstate the federal pay freeze for all members of congress and the vice president.

Rep. John Barrow, a Georgia Democrat, made headlines when he became one of the first of his party to support blocking the pay freeze. He said, “Too many families face uncertainty in the New Year for Congress to get a bonus.”

The current federal employee pay freeze was extended until March 27 by Obama in December.

Longtime Resident January 04, 2013 at 06:51 PM
Citik / Caite620 I resent being grouped in with elle and associated with the comments that he/she made. I never called names or commented on the work ethic of government employees. I did say that you will find less then stellar employees where ever you look (not just government or union employees). They get the bad reputation because they are brought to the public view more. Because in most cases it is harder to remove them from their position then a non-union private sector position.
Joe Albin January 04, 2013 at 07:14 PM
All the members of Congress are useless, as you can see by the work they do or should I say don't do. They should all take a pay cut and give up all benefits and perks. They should pay for their own healthcare and lifetime perks be taken away.
uncle sam January 04, 2013 at 11:07 PM
Longtime Resident - I am also a Federal employee. I'm not sure where you read about 401(k) accounts being "reimbursed" to restore lost value. That is untrue - there is not a shred of truth to that statement.
uncle sam January 04, 2013 at 11:12 PM
Longtime Resident - I am a Federal employee. Since you know so much about my benefits package please tell me what I get. Also, we do not make 16% more than civilians. The maximum salary allowed in the Philadelphia area on the General Schedule is $155,500. It takes decades to get to that point and you must be a very high level manager. So, no lawyers make more than that amount. No Ph.D. scientists, engineers, or accountants make that amount. Try and find me a lawyer with 20 - 30 years experience who doesn't make $150k? Find me a P4 manager at an engineering firm who doesn't make $150k. Be educated before you make blanket statements.
Michelle January 30, 2013 at 01:55 PM
I am more worried about the money that the Kartrashians make than what federal/state/local government employees get per paycheck.

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