Federal pay cuts proposed to offset war costs
Republican senators on Tuesday unveiled two $60 billion proposals that cut government salaries and operational costs to help pay for the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq and earthquake relief for Haiti.
Sens. Tom Coburn (R-Okla.) and John McCain (R-Ariz.) said they will not vote for the $59 billion war supplemental unless lawmakers come up with ways to offset the costs. (View copies of the proposals below.)
The first proposal would cap the number of workers at each federal agency, implement a one-year freeze on pay raises, bonuses and other salary increases for civilian federal workers, saving $2.6 billion. It also calls on the government to cancel $1.8 million in expenses for a commission reviewing the financial crisis, eliminate $68 million in foreign aid, cancel a $500 million State Department training facility planned for a Maryland community that opposes its construction and collect $3 billion in unpaid taxes from federal workers. Over 10 years the plan also would repeal the Energy Star program and cut $4.4 billion in printing and publication costs, $8 billion in bonuses for underperforming government contractors, $10 billion in nonessential government travel and $20 billion in government overhead and expenses.
The second proposal cuts congressional budgets by $100 million, orders the government to sell $15 billion worth of government property and $250 million of unneeded equipment and rescind $45 billion of unspent and uncommitted federal funding.
The proposals are unlikely to pass the Senate or earn wide support in the House, but Coburn said they demonstrate "that Congress can live within its means and pay for this bill." He and McCain are frequent critics of government spending and often introduce amendments to government spending packages to offset costs. Aides said the pair decided to introduce two separate proposals to present a series of cost-cutting options to deficit-wary colleagues.
House Minority Whip Eric Cantor (R-Va.) also floated the idea of cutting federal pay this week as part of an online contest designed to identify government spending cuts popular with Republican voters.
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| May 25, 2010; 3:47 PM ET
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