Keep federal pay freeze, benefits cuts, off sequestration bargaining table, lawmakers warn

December 22, 2017
In The News

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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