House Republicans Push Reforms to Federal Employees’ Pay and Benefits

House Republican leaders on Monday continued to emphasize that cuts to federal employees’ pay should be part of any deficit deal.

In a Dec. 3 letter to President Barack Obama, Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, reiterated the reforms outlined in the House budget resolution, including extending the federal pay freeze, using attrition to shrink the federal workforce and increasing the amount federal workers contribute to their pensions.

“These reforms are, in our view, absolutely essential to addressing the true drivers of our debt, and we will continue to support and advance them,” Boehner wrote.

Boehner criticized President Obama’s deficit-reducing proposals as “neither balanced nor realistic.” The president’s proposal focuses on saving more from tax revenue than in spending cuts.

The letter was signed by Boehner, Majority Leader Eric Cantor, Majority Whip Kevin McCarthy, Republican Conference Chairman Cathy McMorris Rodgers, Committee on Ways and Means Chairman David Camp, Committee on the Budget Chairman Paul Ryan, and Committee on Energy and Commerce Fred Upton.

 

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