Rep. Elijah Cummings (Md.) sent a letter Wednesday to members of the conference committee requesting them to spare federal workers from a longer pay freeze than is already in place.
Ali Ahmad, a spokesman for Oversight and Government Reform Chairman Darrell Issa (R-Calif.), said, "It's not surprising that House Democrats would, yet again, object to any effort to achieve savings for taxpayers from federal workforce reforms."
Vice President Joe Biden waits to conduct a mock swearing-in ceremony with Sen. Brian Schatz, D-Hawaii, in the Capitol's Old Senate Chamber, December 2, 2014. Schatz was sworn in to serve the remainder of his term since he was appointed to the seat after Sen. Daniel Inouye, D-Hawaii, passed away.