This week the House of Representatives voted to increase the pay of federal employees, nearly 20% of whom already make over $100,000 a year. Among those voting in favor of this increase was our own Rep. Frank Wolf, who broke with House Minority Whip Eric Cantor and joined with Gerry Connolly. I tend to like a lot of what Frank Wolf does, but this one defies easy explanation.
As Eric Cantor points out, we had an opportunity here to reduce out out-of-control federal spending. With a solid Democrat majority being inexplicably joined by a few Republicans, that opportunity has been missed.
As part of his FY 2011 Budget submission President proposed raising federal civilian pay by 1.4% beginning in January of next year. This will be on top of the 2.0% raise federal civilian employees received this past January, the 3.9% raise they received the previous January, and the 3.5% raise they received the January before that. Freezing federal civilian pay at the current level for one year would save approximately $2 billion next year and $30 billion over ten years.
I imagine not many of you out there have been watching your household income rise as has been the case with federal employees. I can understand not wanting to stop pay increases for those wearing a uniform, but given the current economic situation adding more federal employees to the rolls of the six-figure-plus club doesn’t make sense.
Frank might want to take a stab at explaining this vote before someone else forces him to do so at a time not of his choosing.
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