Outgoing House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer, says President Barack Obama’s move Monday to freeze the pay of civilian federal employees should apply to military personnel as well. To be sure, military and civilian personnel serving in Afghanistan, Iraq, and other life-threatening spots should be exempt, he says, according to The Hill
An inclusion of the military would boost the savings and add “an element of fairness,” Hoyer says. “While I appreciate that the president reduced the length of his proposed pay freeze from three to two years, it would have produced significantly more savings had that sacrifice been shared between federal civilian and military personnel — with a strong exception for the members of our military and civilian employees risking their lives on our behalf in Afghanistan, Iraq, and anywhere else they are serving in harm's way.”
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