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Senate rejects pay freeze extension measure

The Senate on March 13 rejected an amendment to a surface transportation bill that would have extended the federal civilian pay freeze for a third year.


The Senate on March 13 rejected an amendment to a surface transportation bill that would have extended the federal civilian pay freeze for a third year.

Lawmakers voted down the amendment to S. 1813 in a 57-41 roll-call vote. The measure, submitted last week by Sen. Pat Roberts (R-Kan.), would have extended the current two-year pay freeze through the end of 2013, and used the savings it generated to offset the costs of other measures in the bill.

The National Treasury Employees Union, one of several federal employee unions that aggressively opposed the amendment, was quick to congratulate the Senate for turning down the measure.

“Rejecting this amendment is clear evidence that many members of the Senate understand the need for shared sacrifice among every group in our society, rather than turning to federal employees for even greater contributions, especially to fund matters unrelated to the federal workforce,” NTEU President Colleen Kelley said in a statement.

The union was one of several which sent letters to members of the Senate opposing the amendment. NTEU said the measure, if it had passed, “would have taken another $26 billion from federal employees” on top of wages already lost because of the two-year freeze.

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