Monday, 29 November 2010 21:38

Louisiana Vitter Says Obama Freeze Should Go Further

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Louisiana US Senator, David Vitter has commented upon Prexident Barack Obama's federal pay freeze announced Monday:

U.S. Sen. David Vitter today commented on President Obama’s decision to seek a freeze in federal employee pay, excluding pay for military personnel. A federal pay freeze proposal is part of a larger debt-reduction package that Vitter intends to introduce as legislation on Wednesday.

“This proposal by President Obama takes a common-sense approach that I fully support, and I believe it should go even further. Millions of Americans in the private sector have had their pay frozen – or worse – as we fight our way back through this recession, so it’s insulting to many taxpayers who see federal government employees continuing to get pay and benefit increases at this time. A pay freeze provision, as well as other spending cuts, is part of a larger debt-reduction package I propose to introduce as legislation this week,” said Vitter.{sidebar id=4}

Vitter’s plan incorporates the bipartisan debt commission’s recommendation of a three-year pay freeze, one year longer than the administration’s proposal. On Wednesday, he will introduce a debt-reduction package that would trim the federal vehicle budget, reduce federal employee travel, cut the federal work force by 20 percent and reduce the congressional and White House budgets by 15 percent.

Vitter also co-authored language that was passed into law earlier this year to freeze automatic congressional pay raises for 2011, and he has long led the effort to permanently end the automatic pay increases for members of Congress.

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