All year long proposals have been floating around Capitol Hill to slash government jobs along with benefits for federal workers, which isn't sitting well with Cardin. His state includes the National Institutes of Health, which employs 17,000 federal workers.
Already this year, President Obama implemented a two-year pay freeze for federal workers. Cardin introduced an amendment this week that says any cuts to federal workers should be off the table in talks to reduce the deficit.
“We can bring in the deficit without further erosion of compensation for federal workforce,” says Cardin. “They’ve been under attack on compensation. They’ve been under attack on privatization, contracting out. I just wanted to make the point that our federal workforce are working under very adverse circumstances and we shouldn’t be picking on them.”
Cardin says a newly released Democratic budget blueprint would cut the deficit without touching the benefits of federal workers.