GOP proposes federal pay raise cut

Would freezing federal worker salaries help cut government costs? House Republicans think so, and are floating the idea as one of several potential government spending cuts. The Washington Post reports that House Minority Whip Eric Cantor (R-Va.) recently launched an online contest designed to highlight government projects his colleagues consider wasteful. Participants are asked to vote each week on five proposed cuts and the most popular is then introduced by Republicans to the full House for an up or down vote. This week’s choices include cutting President Obama’s proposed 1.4 percent pay raise for civilian federal workers from next year’s budget.

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