Sean Duffy (R)
The House Of Representatives passes Congressman Sean Duffy's proposed bill. The Bill to put a freeze on all federal workers pay until 2013 has been passed. The House of Representatives voted this evening to accept the bill.
Congressman Sean Duffy says his bill will help the national debt, by freezing pay of federal workers. What Sean Duffy is proposing is freezing the pay of all federal workers.
That’s despite President Obama’s wanting a half-percent increase for workers who haven't seen a raise in almost three years.
The representative says federal workers make 16 percent more than any private sector workers, and their pay rate should be looked at. He believes freezing pay for the more than 2 million federal workers through next year, would be a starting point for dealing with the federal deficit.
NewsChannel 7 Reporter Al Knox spoke with Representative Sean Duffy today and Duffy said, “As the American public looks at Washington they are sick of Washington passing rules that apply to everybody else, but don’t apply to them. That’s exactly what the Democrats did in the last Congress, they passed a pay freeze that doesn’t apply to them. This one year extension carves Congress back in, which is the right way to go."
Duffy and other Republicans, including House Speaker John Boehner, feel the freeze would be beneficial to the nation.
But Democrats aren't as enthusiastic. Party leaders say it's a political ploy to gain support in an election year.
The freeze on pay bill's next step is to make it through the Senate. This step may be a bit difficult though in that the sent is made up heavily by Democrats.
We will keep you updated with what happens with the bill in the coming weeks.