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House kills Republican effort to cut federal pay

By Ed O'Keefe

The House on Friday essentially killed Republican efforts to freeze the salaries of federal workers next fiscal year, voting 227 to 183 to table a proposal introduced by Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-Minn.).

The Minnesota Republican introduced the measure after it won this week's Republican YouCut contest that is identifying potential government spending cuts popular with GOP voters.

Friday's vote means federal workers survived two Republican attempts to cut their pay this week. Sens. Tom Coburn (R-Okla.) and John McCain (R-Ariz.) on Tuesday introduced amendments to the war supplemental that would have trimmed 2011 federal pay increases and instructed federal agencies to sell excess equipment and land. The amendments failed to pass on Thursday.

Both the House and Senate efforts signal, however, that Republican lawmakers and candidates are likely to keep at least the thought of cutting federal pay alive and kicking through the 2010 midterm campaign season.

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By Ed O'Keefe  | May 28, 2010; 3:35 PM ET
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When is the President and/or Congress going to suggest they take a paycut to help the deficit instead of taking it out on the little guys at the end of the chain? I would suggest each Congressman have 5% of his pay used to pay down the deficit they are still "growing." The President, and all, need to take fiscal responsibility for the problems their actions have caused.

Posted by: Fedup64 | May 29, 2010 11:40 AM | Report abuse

We are sure some of them deserve a raise, but why can't they not get rid of the bad ones?

What exactly is going on over at The Bureau of Indian Education?

One Haskell Indian Nations University instructor Julia Goodfox (Princess Crazyhair),collects a paycheck from the United States government for “teaching” at a United States government school and enjoys the freedoms of living in the U.S. everyday.

In a recent interview, Julia Goodfox ( Princess Crazyhair) ask this question:

1. "Why are we supporting the US Military?"

“ Julia Good Fox also describes how the colonization continues in the United States, with American Indian children forced to say the Pledge of Allegiance to the U.S. in schools”.

“Julia Good Fox points out that Native Americans are taught to identify with the US and military”.

And of her employer The Bureau of Indian Education/ Bureau of Indian Affairs Julia Goodfox states:

“There are similarities as well between the US Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA) and the Palestinian National Authority (PNA)”.

We have to ask since Stephanie Birdwell-Bighorn has allowed Julia Goodfox (Princess Crazyhair) to remain at Haskell Indian Nations University if she also agrees with these views?

The bigger question here is why has The Bureau of Indian Education/ Bureau of Indian Affairs allowed Julia Goodfox ( Princess Crazyhair) to remain at Haskell Indian Nations University?

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Posted by: haskellnews | May 31, 2010 4:43 PM | Report abuse

It really shows the level of intelligence that some people believe cutting an average joe's salary would somehow solve our spending problems

Fact is, 95% of the government's workers are nowhere near over-paid and are severaly under-paid compared to similar jobs in the private sector.

Spending in the government for salaries is roughly .05% of our spending PER YEAR while our defense budget is what...35%?

Are people THAT STUPID that they can't see that?

What good would this spending do other than slow the government down?

Posted by: Bious | May 31, 2010 4:46 PM | Report abuse

Actually Bious makes a great point! The Pentagon spending (besides the pointless 2 wars) is unbelivable and many of it is black-fund with ZERO oversight. Where is the REAL newspaper reporting about that? I used to hold some respect for the Wapo, but within the last decade, all these BIG news corporations just want to print someone else's news OR report junk and not stir the pot! And they wonder why their business is going in the gutter! ahem!

Again, besides the 2 wars and their support, let's start looking at some of this spending and let's list out these big projects the Pentagon is spending on. Everyone understand that we need R&D, but the Pentagon throws millions, perhaps billions around on waste! Most of it doesn't bring innovation or a useful project... unless it is wmd related. The Pentagon budget is around 500 billion... and Obama wants to increase that? Newspaper, voters and the American people should be tightening the noose to all of that! Congress is worthless too. They are all big corporation purchased and will defend their district big-money spending projects (ie. F35/engine). We don't need ANYMORE aircraft... maintain what we have on the books and spend those billions on infastructure, education or other more important needs.

This November, don't look at the candidates party.. look and ask about their views. Do they support Pentagon spending on worthless projects? Send them home without a vote!

And when will Minnesota people grow a brain and realize how pathetic that witch Michelle Bauchman really is? She is an ebarrasement to the Congress... hopefully they send her packing too!

Posted by: darbyohara | June 1, 2010 7:12 AM | Report abuse

When Congress agrees to a 20 percent pay cut, I am sure other Federal employees would agree to forgo their COLAs for a few years. I believe off-loading unused property has merit but cutting Federal salaries without the Congress and the President - who have unbelievable perks - accepting substantial reduction in salaries is not justified and unwarranted.

Posted by: kimmie2 | June 1, 2010 9:01 AM | Report abuse

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