WASHINGTON, DC – House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) released the following statement after the House passed H.R. 273, legislation by Representative Ron DeSantis (R-FL) that continues the current federal government pay freeze and saves taxpayers an estimated $11 billion:
“Families can’t be asked to foot the bill for automatic government pay raises when their wages are stagnant, prices are rising, and jobs are hard to come by. These kinds of measures might not be necessary if Senate Democrats had passed a budget at any point in the last four years, or if the president would submit a responsible budget to Congress on time. But until Washington gets serious about addressing its spending problem, and stops making it harder for small businesses to hire, the federal government shouldn’t be giving itself an across-the-board pay raise.”
NOTE: H.R. 273 overturns the president’s automatic pay raise and continues the current pay freeze for federal employees and officials, including Members of Congress, the president’s Cabinet, and the Vice President. According to data from the Office of Personnel Management (OPM), the median federal employee has seen their pay increase by $3,164 during the current pay freeze, from $69,550 in September 2010 to $72,714 in September 2012. And according to a study by the Congressional Budget Office (CBO), federal employees make 16 percent more than their private sector peers in total compensation. Learn more about H.R. 273 here from the House Oversight & Government Reform Committee.