Do Virginia lawmakers back a federal pay freeze?
By The Post's Ben Pershing in our Virginia Politics blog:
House Republicans will try to force a vote* Thursday on a proposal to cut the 1.4 percent pay raise for civilian federal workers that President Obama asked for in his budget for 2011. The vote will mark the second time the GOP has brought a measure to the floor that was selected via their YouCut online poll.
The federal pay freeze proposal is the brainchild of Rep. Michelle Bachmann (R-Minn.). But the overall YouCut program is being run by Rep. Eric Cantor (R), who, in addition to being the House minority whip is also a Virginian. And Virginia is chock full of federal employees. According to the Office of Personnel Management, Virginia has the second-most non-defense federal employees in the country, behind only California. (That ranking includes only states. The District has slightly more federal workers than Virginia, while Maryland has slightly fewer.)
Despite that demographic fact, Cantor supports the proposal to freeze federal pay and will vote that way. "This vote won't be easy for everyone, but it is exactly the kind of choice we must begin to make to get us off the path towards financial ruin," he said Tuesday on the House floor. But what about Cantor's fellow Virginia lawmakers?
"I'm opposed to it," said Rep. Frank Wolf (R), whose 10th district includes a wide swath of Northern Virginia suburbs.
| May 27, 2010; 12:40 PM ET
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