Pay Freeze For Federal Employees?

President Barack Obama today announced a two-year pay freeze for some federal civilian employees that he said will save taxpayers as much as $60 billion over the next ten years.

Federal unions and other employee groups have weighed in on the two-year federal pay freeze President Obama announced, and most are not happy about it.

In other steps aimed at reining in the deficit, Obama has previously frozen salaries for senior White House officials and proposed doing the same for all political appointees across the government.

Are you in favor of the pay freeze for federal employees?

asked by Tanner in Politics | 3710 views | 11-30-2010 at 04:38 PM

I consider it a good move.

By proposing the two-year freeze, Obama sought to stake his own claim to the argument that government must make tough decisions.

The employees include about 2,200 civil servants who work for NASA at the Kennedy Space Center and more than 2,000 civilian employees of the Department of Defense at the county's military installations, according to government payroll records.

There's no doubt that this decision polls well. And it may indeed forestall much more damaging cuts to the federal workforce down the line.

In announcing the pay freeze, President Obama said he hoped that there would be a new ''bipartisan discussion about our future''. Barack Obama is likely to use the pay freeze as a bargaining chip in his negotiations with the Republicans over the Bush-era tax cuts.

A USA Today analysis revealed that the number of government employees earning $150,000 or more per year rose tenfold in the past five years, doubling since Obama took office.

answered by Rebecca | 11-30-2010 at 04:39 PM

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