There are many issues the 112th Congress is loath to tackle, but federal employees’ pay and benefits isn’t one of them.
It seems the start of each season ushers in a raft of new proposals from lawmakers seeking to further freeze federal salaries, downsize the workforce or require government employees to contribute more toward their pensions. In the past month, there have been at least half a dozen such proposals pending in both chambers. Summer doesn’t officially begin until June 21, but we’re counting Memorial Day as the unofficial launch of the season. After all, Congress goes on vacation in August -- a hiatus federal employees no doubt are looking forward to.
We’ve compiled a roundup of the latest developments on Capitol Hill affecting federal pay and benefits. It’s not comprehensive, so if there’s something we’ve missed, let us know: