Steny Hoyer Wants Military Pay Freeze: Obama Federal Pay Freeze After Doubling

Obama announced today he is freezing federal paychecks for two years, military excluded. Rep. Steny Hoyer (D-MD), the second-ranking Democrat, and future Minority Whip, wants military pay frozen as well. The freeze supposedly nixes the 1.4% federal pay hike for civilians going into effect in 2011. The savings are estimated at over $2.2 billion, which TIME  Magazine says is a “small nibble,” and a “good faith” gesture to Republicans.

The 2010 Defense Authorization Act calls for a 3.4% across-the-board increase in military basic pay over 2009 rates. Law requires that military basic pay be automatically increased by at least 2.9% every year.

An Army Captain with 6 years experience received basic pay of $61,405.00 a year. The same Captain stationed at Ft. Riley, Ks, with dependents received a basic Housing Allowance of $1,431 in 2010. That’s after a college education and six years service, some probably not so pleasant. The Captain receives $175.oo/month serving in a hazardous duty zone.  A Sergeant (E-5) with over 6 years service makes about $31,008.00 annually with a housing allowance with dependents of $1,113.00

Contrast our Army Captain with rank-and-file members of the House of Representative making $174,000.00 per year, plus untold perks. The $174,000.oo included a 2.8% cost of living (COLA) increase in 2009, at a time when much of America was experiencing no pay check at all. And even worse in 2010, Congress again took their COLA.

In November 2010, USA Today reported that the number of federal workers taking home $150,000 OR MORE annually increased “tenfold” in the past five years and doubled since Obama moved into the Oval office:

The fast-growing pay of federal employees has captured the attention of fiscally conservative Republicans who won control of the U.S. House of Representatives in last week’s elections. Already, some lawmakers are planning to use the lame-duck session that starts Monday to challenge the president’s plan to give a 1.4% across-the-board pay raise to 2.1 million federal workers.

Today Obama tried to mute the outcry over federal pay by giving back the 2011 pay hike, but the significant raises are already in the pay envelope:

Rep. Jason Chaffetz, R-Utah, who will head the panel overseeing federal pay, says he wants a pay freeze and prefers a 10% pay cut. “It’s stunning when you see what’s happened to federal compensation,” he says. “Every metric shows we’re heading in the wrong direction.”

Let the cuts begin, and leave the military alone. Rep. Eric Cantor (R-VA) says $35 billion can be saved if hiring stops.

Federal paychecks increased by $30,000+ in 2009 alone – during the Obama administration. The freeze is and a ruse. It’s not a good faith gesture. He is simply partially correcting his previous poor decisions

In August, USA Today reported that federal pay had grown to double that of the private sector worker:

Federal workers have been awarded bigger average pay and benefit increases than private employees for nine years in a row. The compensation gap between federal and private workers has doubled in the past decade.

Federal civil servants earned average pay and benefits of $123,049 in 2009 while private workers made $61,051 in total compensation, according to the Bureau of Economic Analysis. The data are the latest available.

The federal compensation advantage has grown from $30,415 in 2000 to $61,998 last year.

In August 2010 Obama asked for a 1.4% “across-the-board” pay hike for two million federal workers to begin in 2011. On top of the 1.4%, federal workers will be eligible for “seniority pay hikes.”

Astonishing: since 2000, federal pay has risen 33% faster than inflation.

Let Rep. Steny Hoyer (D-MD) know how you feel about his call for military pay cuts. He deserves to hear from all of us, and send a message to Obama that you are onto his ruse and his scam, and you totally “get it:” the pay raise is already in the pay envelope and has been for at least a year. Then let the new Republican Majority Whip, Rep. Eric Cantor (VA) know that you concur with his 10% cut in federal employees…oh heck, let’s make the TEA parties proud and bump it to 25%.

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