Obama announces 2-year pay freeze for federal employees

(AP) - President Barack Obama has announced atwo-year pay freeze for federal employees, saying the step isnecessary to help bring the federal deficit under control.

WASHINGTON - (AP) - President Barack Obama has announced atwo-year pay freeze for federal employees, saying the step isnecessary to help bring the federal deficit under control. The freeze would apply to all civilian federal employees butwould exclude military personnel. Obama says the sacrifices of limiting government spending mustbe shared by government workers. The White House says the freeze would save $5 billion over twoyears. By delaying wage increases, the freeze would save $28billion over the next five years, the White House says. The chairmen of Obama's bipartisan deficit commission proposed athree-year freeze in pay for most federal employees as part of itsplan to reduce the nation's growing deficit. The commission's finalreport is due to be released later this week.

advertisement | advertise on News 12

Trending Video

Police say emergency crews responded to Little Bears 1 VIDEO: Stamford day care
The public got the chance to weigh in 2 Marijuana legalization decision expected by Wednesday.
Police say emergency crews responded to Little Bears 3 Trial begins for day care owner charged with murder
Nassau Police say a Carle Place Subway restaurant 4 Police: Carle Place knifepoint robbery linked to Nassau pattern
Kristina's Korner tracks the 5 Trending: "No First Pitch for Trump"

advertisement | advertise on News 12

Features

Focus on Connecticut Focus on Connecticut

Features local, state and federal officials discussing the issues around southwestern Connecticut.

Celebrates African-American culture in southwestern Connecticut. Our Lives

Celebrates African-American culture in southwestern Connecticut.

Each week News 12 Connecticut introduces you to Hometown Hero

News 12 highlights people who give to the community.

We spotlight a local team each week. Connecticut Team of the Week

Each week News 12 Connecticut highlights a team from a local school.

Sorry to interrupt...

Your first 5 are free

Access to News12 is free for Optimum, Comcast®, Time Warner® and Service Electric℠ video customers.

Please enjoy 5 complimentary views to articles, photos, and videos during the next 30 days.

LOGIN SUBSCRIBE