House to vote to continue federal pay freeze

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The House next week will take up a Republican bill to overturn an order from President Barack Obama giving federal workers a 0.5 percent pay raise.

The legislation would continue a pay freeze for the federal government's 2 million employees that has been in effect for the past two years.

Republicans say that stopping the pay increase from going into effect when the current federal spending bill ends on March 27 would save taxpayers $11 billion over 10 years.

Obama on Dec. 27 issued an executive order extending the raise to all federal employees, including members of Congress. As part of the deal to prevent the government from going over the so-called fiscal cliff, Congress reversed the part of that order giving its own members a $900-per-year raise.

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