Republicans’ Proposal to Cut Deficit May Create Issues With Federal Employees

January 21, 2011

(ChattahBox U.S. News)—Government workers, like most Americans, generally agree that the U.S. should shrink the federal deficit, but probably won’t like one new proposal, which takes aim at their paychecks. The Republican Study Committee released its proposal, called the “Spending Reduction Act of 2011,” which extends President Obama’s pay freeze on federal employees from two years to five, and cuts the civil service by 15 percent over a decade through attrition, the Washington Post reports.

In addition, the new proposal would prohibit federal employees from serving as union officials on government time. These proposals follow Republican proposals introduced earlier this month that already suggested cutting congressional salaries by 10 percent and forcing federal employees to take two-week furloughs, the Post notes.

The Republican Study Committee notes that these changes, combined with other recommendations, could help slash $2.5 trillion in spending over ten years, but it’s unclear whether the bill could pass the Senate if it does make it through the House. Previously, House Speaker John Boehner had suggested less drastic goals for reducing the deficit, the Post reports.


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