WASHINGTON, D.C. (WTVB) - Branch County’s G-O-P representative in Congress joined the Republican-led House Friday in voting to extend a pay freeze for federal employees for a third year. The measure that got a yes vote from Tim Walberg would cover roughly two-million civilians in the federal workforce.
The vote was 261-154. House Republicans called it an ongoing necessity in an era of soaring deficits. The Democratic-led Senate is expected to snub the GOP House bill, which would rescind a half-percent cost-of-living boost that President Obama ordered this year. The President wants to give federal workers a one-percent hike next year. Walberg said that at a time when our national debt is above $16 trillion dollars the president could be using his time more wisely developing a budget or creating a detailed alternative to his sequester rather than issuing Executive Orders raising salaries.
According to Walberg, if families, businesses and local governments across Michigan can learn to live within their means their government in Washington needs to learn how to do the same. Democrats accused Republicans of beating up the federal workforce and warned that the government will continue to lose good employees to the private sector