Feb. 26, 2013 – 11:22AM | By GREGORY KORTE |
Members of Congress would not take paycuts under sequestration, but they might have to cut staff members. (Karen Bleier / AFP)
As the rest of the federal government prepares for furloughs, layoffs and sweeping budget cuts caused by sequestration, the people who could prevent the cuts are the ones whose paychecks are protected: members of Congress.
The 27th Amendment to the Constitution — intended to prevent members of Congress from voting themselves a pay raise — also prohibits them from taking a pay cut until after the next election.
Congress will feel the pain in other ways. Members’ office budgets, committee staff and leadership offices will all see the same across-the-board cuts as any other discretionary, non-defense spending. Continue reading “Budget cuts would hit Congress but not its members”
Federal employees have a major stake in the debate over whether, and how, the government should back away from the “fiscal cliff” and potential for automatic “sequestration” cuts to programs starting in January.
Agencies have begun making plans for a sequester that could include steps such as hiring freezes, unpaid furloughs and even layoffs. However, the exact impact remains unknown.
Meanwhile various proposals to avoid the sequester are circulating, including some that would protect federal employees and others that would affect federal jobs, pay and benefits.
Following are 10 key questions employees are asking, and the answers as best as they can be determined at this point. Continue reading “Federal worker Q&A guide to the fiscal cliff: Ten answers on jobs, cuts and more”