A bill proposed in the House of Representatives last week would add another year to the two-year federal pay freeze, reduce the federal workforce by 10 percent and cut Defense Department procurement by 15 percent.
Rep. Kevin Brady (R-Texas) introduced the “Cut Unsustainable and Top-heavy Spending,” last week, saying the Congress needs to take “strong actions” to get the nation’s “out of control” budget back in order.
“Both Republicans and Democrats on the deficit commission agreed these cuts need to be made,” Brady said in a statement, “so let’s make a down payment on restoring our nation to a balanced budget and leaner government.”
However, the proposal goes even further than cuts proffered by the commission, including collecting some $3 billion in unpaid taxes from federal employees, according to Federal News Radio.
Other measures in the bill:
§ Cut DoD procurement by 15 percent and cap federal travel and printing costs, according to Federal News Radio.
§ Require the General Services Administration to sell $15 billion worth of unused federal property, according to Federal Times.
Obama signed the two-year freeze for federal civilian workers late last month.