Scott Brown named to Senate government affairs panel
Sen. Scott Brown (R-Mass.), who campaigned on the idea of freezing federal worker salaries to control the deficit, may get to explore the topic further soon.
The Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs panel is chaired by Sen. Joseph I. Lieberman (I-Conn.) and oversees the Department of Homeland Security, the Postal Service and federal workforce issues.
Brown campaigned on the idea of freezing federal salaries as a way to reign in overall government spending.
"I recognize that our federal workers do important work," he said at a January campaign event. "But, it's not right that lesser-paid private sector workers suffering through a recession have to pay for expensive government salaries." He also suggested the salary freeze during a later interview with ABC's Barbara Walters.
Federal worker unions and other public sector experts blasted his comments, arguing federal salaries are often higher than private sector wages because government workers are more highly skilled and specialized.
Brown, a 30-year National Guard veteran who currently serves as a lieutenant colonel in the Judge Advocate General's Corps, said in a statement that he is proud of his new assignments.
“We are currently involved in two wars, and these committees are critical in keeping our country safe, as well as protecting the men and women who defend us," Brown said. "It is equally important that the men and women in uniform receive the care and benefits they have earned through their selfless service. I look forward to working with my Republican and Democratic colleagues to carry out the important work of these committees for the good of our state and our country.”
Leave your thoughts in the comments section below
| March 2, 2010; 2:29 PM ET
Categories: Congress, Workplace Issues
Save & Share: Previous: Chat With The Eye!: Sen. Bunning, Post Office, Rahm Emanuel
Next: LaHood calls DOT workers back to work Wednesday
Posted by: MALBENNET | March 2, 2010 2:47 PM | Report abuse
Posted by: Nymous | March 2, 2010 3:32 PM | Report abuse
Posted by: kpdooty | March 2, 2010 6:36 PM | Report abuse
Posted by: wooddebra2 | March 2, 2010 6:40 PM | Report abuse
Posted by: zooami1 | March 2, 2010 6:56 PM | Report abuse
Posted by: vavoter | March 2, 2010 8:21 PM | Report abuse
Posted by: zooami1 | March 2, 2010 8:32 PM | Report abuse
Posted by: Georgetowner1 | March 2, 2010 9:01 PM | Report abuse
Posted by: fedupgemp | March 3, 2010 9:12 AM | Report abuse
Posted by: xarmydrill | March 3, 2010 11:03 AM | Report abuse
The comments to this entry are closed.