We will not offer an interpretation of this amendment at this time regarding the various situations in which this amendment would block future pay increases. In the event that the amendment should appear at a later date to have a significant chance of passage, we will provide more information as it becomes available.
In the meantime, the obvious purpose is to restrict the funding of pay raises for federal employees and, when read in conjunction with the amendment offered by Congressman Issa to the same funding bill, the effect would be to block many of the pay raises and within-grade increases that readers may be anticipating in the current fiscal year. (For more information, see Another (More Substantive) Pay Freeze for Federal Employees In the Congressional Pipeline?)
Here is the amendment offered to H.R. 1 by Congressman Todd Rokita (R-IN) to freeze funding for any salary or basic pay increase for the federal workforce: