House Votes to Extend Federal Pay Freeze

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The House approved a bill Wednesday to extend the federal pay freeze through 2013, according to information provided by the Library of Congress.

In a 307-117 vote, lawmakers passed the bill introduced by Rep. Sean Duffy (R-Wis.). The bill also includes language that places a hold on members of Congress’ salaries.

The legislation now moves to the Senate.

The vote comes as the Obama administration is expected to request a 0.5 percent pay increase for federal workers in its 2013 budget plan, Federal News Radio reports.

The House vote comes recently after the Congressional Budget Office released a report saying federal employees earn, on average, 16 percent more in pay and benefits on average than private sector workers.

CBO also said the pay differences depend on education. Private sector employees with post-graduate or doctoral education receive 18 percent more in pay and benefits than federal employees.

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