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House Passes Extension Of Pay Freeze For Federal Workers

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The pay freeze for federal workers passed in the House likely will not pass the Senate.
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The pay freeze for federal workers passed in the House likely will not pass the Senate.

The U.S. House of Representatives voted on Friday to extend the pay freeze for federal workers that has been in effect for more than two years

Federal workers continue to be the center of a heated debate on Capitol Hill. Among House lawmakers, 261 voted to extend the federal pay freeze for another nine months.

Congressman Darrell Issa (R-Calif.) helped spearhead the effort. He's the chair of the Oversight and Government Reform Committee. Issa says federal jobs are already too cushy.

"Less than a quarter of the exit race in the federal workforce of the private sector," Issa says. "One of the reasons? People in the private sector are fighting to figure out how to get a job that pays better."

Lawmakers in the region are railing against the bill. Congressman Gerry Connolly (D-Va.) says besides punishing today's federal workers, the legislation is also going to drive bright minds away from government work.

"The more we disparage our federal workforce, the more we make it less attractive, the more we treat them like a piggy bank, the less attractive that service will be," Connolly says.

The legislation needs to be passed by the Senate in order to become law, and it doesn't seem to have enough support in the upper chamber. The measure would save about $500 million.

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