House Votes to Extend Pay Freeze in Government Funding Bill

The House of Representatives has passed legislation that would extend the pay freeze on the federal workforce through 2013.

The House of Representatives voted 267-151 to pass H.R. 933, legislation which extends the pay freeze on the federal workforce.

The legislation is designed to prevent a U.S. government shutdown on March 27 and blunt the impact of newly imposed spending cuts on the Defense Department.

Federal workers are scheduled to get a 0.5% pay increase later this spring, but this legislation would block the scheduled raise.

The vote today sends the bill to the Senate for consideration. The White House has expressed concerns about the bill but did not say it would veto it if it passes both the House and Senate.

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