New bill would extend fed pay freeze through 2013

New bill would extend fed pay freeze through 2013

By Kellie Lunney January 16, 2013

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This story was updated with additional comment. 

A House GOP freshman has introduced legislation that would prevent federal employees from receiving an across-the-board pay raise this spring.

Rep. Ron DeSantis, R-Fla., along with 28 cosponsors, wants to extend the current pay freeze for civilian government employees through the end of the year. President Obama issued an executive order on Dec. 27, 2012 that would end the two-year salary freeze on March 27 — when the current continuing resolution expires — and give civilian federal workers a 0.5 percent raise in 2013. DeSantis’ move to block the order also applies to lawmakers, but Congress already voted to freeze its pay in 2013 in the fiscal cliff legislation signed into law earlier this month. Continue reading “New bill would extend fed pay freeze through 2013”

Congress faces continuing resolution, sequestration and postal reform

Congress faces continuing resolution, sequestration and postal reform

Monday – 9/10/2012, 6:47pm EDT; By Jolie Lee, Amanda Iacone &
Jack Moore

Lawmakers returned to Washington, D.C., this week with a packed agenda. Topping the list of priorities is hammering out final details of a stopgap spending measure to keep the government running beyond the end of the fiscal year Sept. 30.

Amid the election-year politicking, the list of unfinished business also includes legislation to restructure the financially ailing U.S. Postal Service and a cybersecurity bill that aims to safeguard the nation’s critical infrastructure.

Perhaps looming largest of all is what Congress plans to do about automatic, across-the-board cuts, known as sequestration, set to take effect Jan. 2. Failure to avert the cuts could send the country over a “fiscal cliff,” budget experts warn. Continue reading “Congress faces continuing resolution, sequestration and postal reform”