Amid the threat of sequestration following the passage of President Donald Trump’s tax reform bill, a bloc of House Democrats has warned House leadership off freezing federal employees’ pay or reducing their benefits as a way to offset tax cuts.

Minority Whip Steny Hoyer (D-Md.), along with House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chairman Elijah Cummings (D-Md.) and Reps. Gerry Connolly (D-Va.) and Jamie Raskin (D-Md.) led a coalition of 95 members in warning House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) and Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) not to use federal employees’ compensation as a bargaining chip, as Congress must decide where to make cuts in federal government spending following passage of the Republican-backed tax plan.

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