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Extended Pay Freeze Passes House

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House Minority Whip Steny Hoyer urged the Democratic Caucus to vote against a measure that would freeze the pay of civilian federal workers as well as the pay of Members of Congress.

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Republicans pointed to a recent Congressional Budget Office report showing that federal workers earn on average 16 percent more than their private-sector counterparts.

To counter the CBO study, Cummings cited a November report by the Federal Salary Council, a group of labor relations and pay experts and federal employee representatives, that said federal employee pay lagged 49 percent behind that of private-sector workers in 2010.

Some Senators are also interested in exploring a third-year pay freeze for federal employees.

Sen. Dean Heller (R-Nev.) on Tuesday indicated that he hoped to push an amendment to extend the freeze during debate this week on a bill that would crack down on insider trading by Members of Congress.

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