House kills Republican effort to cut federal pay
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.).
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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