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Bill would forbid step increases for the remainder of 2012

A group of House lawmakers last week introduced a bill they say will “put an end to the budget gimmicks and procedural trickery”—but which also would put an end to step increases for the rest of 2012.

A House lawmaker last week introduced a bill she claims will “put an end to the budget gimmicks and procedural trickery” in Congress—but which also would put an end to step increases for federal employees for the rest of 2012.

According to a Feb. 2 release issued by the bill’s sponsor, Rep. Martha Roby (R-Ala.), the Honest Budget Act of 2012 (H.R. 3844) would “make it harder for Congress to pass spending bills without first passing a budget, would reveal the real cost and commitment of federal government spending, and would prevent Congress from claiming savings unless those savings are real and genuine.”

Among the other measures contained in the legislation, the bill also specifies that no periodic step increases—which are unaffected by the current federal pay freeze—would take effect for federal employees during the period beginning on the date of enactment until Dec. 31, 2012. The bill has 29 co-sponsors.

The bill is a companion measure to legislation (S. 1651) introduced in October by Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-Ala.), ranking member of the Senate Budget Committee.

“The Honest Budget Act takes Sen. Sessions’ commonsense approach to the problem and extends it to the House of Representatives, where revenue and spending bills are first considered,” Roby said.

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