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F-word emanates from Congress

That’s right: Furlough—in a House bill (H.R. 270) from Rep. Mike Coffman, R-Colo.

Feds—that’s you—would have to take non-consecutive two weeks of furlough in fiscal 2012. If the bill were to pass, that is. Those in certain posts related to national security, public health and law enforcement would be exempted from the measure.

The usual suspects (federal employee organizations) are pushing back.

American Federation of Government Employees President John Gage, for example, pooh-poohed the exemptions, noting that “every federal employee is vital to the effective operation of our government.”

And National Federation of Federal Employees President William Dougan dissed a provision contained in the bill that would cut the pay of members of Congress by 10 percent. Most MoCs still would make $156,000 a year after the cut, Dougan noted, more than the highest paid GS 15 Step 10.

And the band plays on…

Posted by Phil Piemonte on Jan 18, 2011 at 4:02 PM


Reader comments

Thu, Jan 27, 2011 DM

In response to Naf Philadelphia's and lots of other great comments - Actually, I am a GS 15 and a furlough would cut into my necessary income, but I realize that it would not have as severe an impact on us as it would on lower grades. I think the entire thing is ridiculous, saving a small amount of money, and for appearances only, at the expense of Federal workers. But if the Government is going to do this, it should be grades 12 and above only.

Tue, Jan 25, 2011 Grafenwoehr

I love hearing how theres all these Federal employees that make over $100K The majority of Fed workers are lower grade pays and a large portion are GS5 and below. Even a GS 7 who makes $45k and suports a family of 4 has a tough go in an area with high cost of living. Or a single parent on a GS 4 pay is looking at around $26k these are the real people that are hurt by a pay freeze. Please don't get me wrong I thank the lord I am a lucky one with a job but cutting the pennies added to thise scale of pay each year will not be a drop in the bucket of our nations debt. They need to focus on the areas that will really make a difference not make people have to cinch their belt that much tighter just to make it through the month.

Tue, Jan 25, 2011 Grafenwoehr

I love hearing how theres all these Federal employees that make over $100K The majority of Fed workers are lower grade pays and a large portion are GS5 and below. Even a GS 7 who makes $45k and suports a family of 4 has a tough go in an area with high cost of living. Or a single parent on a GS 4 pay is looking at around $26k these are the real people that are hurt by a pay freeze. Please don't get me wrong I thank the lord I am a lucky one with a job but cutting the pennies added to thise scale of pay each year will not be a drop in the bucket of our nations debt. They need to focus on the areas that will really make a difference not make people have to cinch their belt that much tighter just to make it through the month.

Tue, Jan 25, 2011 sdcbabygirl Washington, DC

Wow, this is so sad. I don't want to get furloughed at all and we shouldn't be. There is a ton of our tax money being spent on stuff that we have no control over and it shouldn't be like that. Stop the waste, stop the war, bring the jobs back home and just stop the madness period. Let's get back to the American dream that it's supposed to be. Greed is a terrible thing. Amen.

Fri, Jan 21, 2011 Federal Ohio Ohio

Personally, I think the Federal workforce is being singled out unfairly for such foolish spending by the current administration and silly bailouts just racked up high deficits. It's not our fault for this foolish spending. First, target the members of the Senate and Congress with 30% pay cuts per year and also & secondly, furlough members of Senate and Congress for a month also since it seems they are ALWAYS exempted from cuts of any kind. I am just disgusted that everybody seems to think that we the usual Federal workforce gets targeted for pay freezes or cuts, furloughs, RIFS and whatever else bad that could happen while others like the US Postal Service and members of Senate and Congress gets away with murder.

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