House Votes to Extend Federal Pay Freeze
February 15, 2013
The House on Friday voted to freeze the pay of federal employees and lawmakers through 2013.
The legislation, sponsored by Rep. Ron DeSantis, R-Fla., prolongs the current across-the-board pay freeze for civilian government employees through the end of the year. President Obama issued an executive order on Dec. 27, 2012, that would end the two-year salary freeze on March 27 -- when the current continuing resolution expires -- and give civilian federal workers a 0.5 percent raise in 2013. DeSantis’ move to block the order also applies to lawmakers, but Congress already voted to freeze its pay in 2013 in the fiscal cliff legislation signed into law in January.
H.R. 273 would effectively overturn Obama's December executive order if it becomes law.
House lawmakers took two days to debate and vote on the measure, which the leadership fast-tracked to the floor, bypassing regular order. The legislation passed, mostly along party lines, 261 to 154.