House OKs Proposal to Freeze Pay of Senior Officials

July 17, 1996

House OKs Proposal to Freeze Pay of Senior Officials

With an eye on the November elections, House members Tuesday night overwhelmingly approved a proposal to freeze their pay, as well as the pay of senior officials of the executive and judicial branches of the federal government.

The 352-67 vote came as an amendment, sponsored by freshman Rep. Jack Metcalf, R-Wash., and others, to the FY97 Treasury- Postal appropriations bill.

In other action on the Treasury-Postal spending bill, the House Tuesday night also approved 267-150 another amendment, sponsored by freshman Rep. Gil Gutknecht, R-Minn., and others , requiring the president to reduce the number of "political appointees" from 2,800 to 2,300.

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