Latest Fiscal Cliff Deal Lifts Federal Employees GS Pay Freeze in 2013


in Government, Pay

The fiscal cliff deal being hashed out in Congress and brokered by Vice President Joe Biden, Senate leaders Harry Reid (Democrat) and Mitch McConnell (Republican) contains provisions to lift the three year federal employee pay freeze by March 27th, 2013. This supports the Presidents executive order to provide a 0.5% pay raise for federal employees.

Under the proposed deal the current pay freeze for government workers on the GS scale will be lifted with April paychecks unless Congress passes a bill to further freeze pay scales.

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r January 26, 2013 at 8:31 pm

Jeannine, what would you cut?


Gail January 2, 2013 at 5:56 pm

Employees are expecting minimal relief with a 0.5 percent pay raise after a temporary budget measure expires in March. But legislation introduced by Rep. Michael G. Fitzpatrick (R-Pa.) and approved Tuesday evening would continue the pay freeze for federal employees through the end of 2013.


Jeannine January 1, 2013 at 9:20 pm

As a federal employee I would rather take a pay freeze than more wasteful government spending. The Republicans will not (and should not) pass such a lame deal that contains 90% tax revenues and barely any spending cuts. Yes – these are delayed by 2 months, but we all know how good Congress is at putting off things that are politically hard to deal with. Such a sham and better for the country to fall off the cliff than put our future in danger for some short term relief.


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