No federal pay freeze for now

Amendment fails in Senate.

It looks like federal employees are safe from having to face a pay freeze for now.

On Thursday, the Senate rejected two amendments on the war supplemental bill offered by Sens. John McCain (R-Az.) and Tom Coburn (R-Ok.).

The first amendment, 4231, was an offset including real property, which would have called for the disposal and sale of unused and unneeded equipment. The Senate voted to table the amendment, 53-45.

The second amendment, 4232, would have frozen bonuses and salary increases for one year.

That amendment failed by a vote of 47 to 50.

There is, however, still a chance for federal pay to be cut in the House. Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-Minn.) says on her blog that she will soon introduce legislation eliminating the federal employee pay raise.

Federal News Radio reported earlier this week that calls for federal pay cuts have been coming from a variety of sources lately.

Read more about your pay and benefits at Mike Causey’s Federal Report page.

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