House Set to Extend Federal Pay Rate Freeze

September 11, 2012

A temporary spending measure before the House would lift the threat of a partial government shutdown due to a budgetary stalemate, while keeping federal employee salary rates frozen at least until April.

The “continuing resolution” would fund government programs, generally at about current levels, from the start of the new fiscal year Oct. 1 through March 27. It is to be considered on Wednesday in the House Rules Committee, and a full House vote is planned by week’s end, with the Senate most likely taking up the issue next week.

Continuing the federal employee salary rate freeze — which also would apply to members of Congress — was expected, given that President Obama recently recommended paying no raise for the duration of the stopgap measure.

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