By Manuel Quinones, Capitol News Connection
Some area lawmakers say they want changes to President Obama's proposed two-year pay freeze for federal workers.
Rep. Gerry Connolly (D-Va.) says he is less than enthusiastic about this particular proposal to chip away at government spending. He thinks the president should have waited for the forthcoming package of recommendations by his own deficit commission.
"To single out one group, federal employees, in advance of those recommendations, troubles me, frankly," Connolly says.
The president's proposal doesn't apply to military personnel. Connolly says he'd like to see some civilians exempt too.
"We've had civilian deaths in those war fronts. And I think their dedication and patriotism needs to be taken into account too," he says.
Maryland Democrat Steny Hoyer, the House majority leader, does want the freeze extended to military personnel, but not to those serving in harm's way. At the same time, he says he's also concerned about being able to recruit and maintain a qualified workforce.