GOP to Propose Eliminating Federal Pay Raises

Posted May 28, 2010 at 9:20am

House Republicans on Friday will attempt to attach a provision to the defense authorization bill that eliminates pay raises for federal employees, including Congress, according to GOP sources familiar with the plan.

The pay cut provision was the winner of this week’s poll on the new GOP website, and, if passed, would eliminate a 1.4 percent pay raise proposed in President Barack Obama’s 2011 budget.

Republicans say forgoing the pay raise would save $2 billion in 2011 and $30 billion over 10 years.

The GOP YouCut initiative was launched earlier this month and allows visitors to vote on federal government programs for elimination. Republican leaders promised to offer legislation to eliminate the programs chosen by YouCut voters.