Obama Seeks 2-Year Pay Freeze

Barack-ObamaMost of the U.S.’s close to 2 million civilian federal workers may have to endure two years of no increase in their earnings as President Barack Obama has proposed a pay freeze to address a growing budget deficit.

Obama announced his proposal on Monday, a couple of days before a Washington-appointed commission submits its final action plan on how to arrest the burgeoning deficit that has Republicans calling for drastic measures, which may include huge federal workforce cut. “Getting this deficit under control is going to require some broad sacrifices, and that sacrifice must be shared by the employees of the federal government,” Obama said in a speech.

To take effect, the proposal must be approved by Congress, whose House of Representatives is now controlled by the GOP. If approved, it would be the first time in modern history that federal pay raises will be stopped for at least two years. The last pay freeze, for one year, came in 1986, when Republican Ronald Reagan was the president.