Obama to freeze federal wages for 2 years
November 29th, 2010
10:22 AM ET
10 years ago

Obama to freeze federal wages for 2 years

NEW YORK (CNN) - President Obama on Monday called for a two-year freeze in the wages of federal employees.

The freeze, which would need congressional approval and save $60 billion over 10 years, would make a small dent in the nation's debt problem. Budget experts say nearly $6 trillion in deficit reduction is needed to stabize the debt, so the new proposal achieves less than 1% of what's ultimately needed.


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  1. David Chesser

    Pay Freeze?!!! Bahahahaha. Pretty disingenuous if the white house even pretends to brag about this freeze as being "good thing" or a "star on the presidents resume". I'm embellishing, but he's essentially saying, "Great!, now that we've increased the national debt by trillions of dollars we can institute a pay freeze and sell it like we're actually thrifty politicians". You're no Boy Scout Mr. President, and, for the record, you're not doing a terrific job at upholding ANY of the tenants of Scout Law – especially – "THRIFTY". Pretty convenient for you to institute the freeze AFTER the damage has already been done don't you think? Pssshht!

    November 29, 2010 10:38 am at 10:38 am |
  2. Four and The Door

    I'm not a big fan of across-the-board pay freezes, but his intent and action at this time are very positive. This is a good start!

    November 29, 2010 10:40 am at 10:40 am |
  3. Virginia`

    This should have happened at least 2 years ago. While the rest of us have taken pay cuts for two and a half years, the federal government has continued to give huge increases. What world do these people live in? My husband and I have seen 30% of our income disappear while the public sector continued to get raises. No wonder our government has no clue about what's going on with the economy, it is just now starting to affect (at least a little) their wallet!

    November 29, 2010 10:41 am at 10:41 am |
  4. Jim from Raytown

    Interestingly, actions by the President regarding federal employees don't affect the Legistlative branch. Therefore, salaries paid to Congressional /Senatorial aides cannot be capped by Presidential order. Soooooo... let the legiestlature put their collective mouths where the money goes. Try freezing your own staff's salaries and see if your constituent applaud your own heroic actions to reduce/control the deficit.

    November 29, 2010 10:44 am at 10:44 am |
  5. AGeek

    Nice. Private companies did this two years ago. Glad the feds are doing it, but they're way late to the party.

    November 29, 2010 10:46 am at 10:46 am |
  6. Warren

    That does not go nearly far enough. He needs to announce a reduction in the number of Federal workers as well, and the suspension of obamacare. Also should cancel any unspent porkulus and TARP funds and use them to reduce his mind numbing deficits. Oh yes, he needs to also support continuing the Bush tax cuts. Speaking of Bush, he needs to man up for a change and quit blaming everything on GWB. After nearly two years in office, dear leader needs to take ownership of the office.

    November 29, 2010 10:47 am at 10:47 am |
  7. JokerSF

    Cut funding to the extraneous programs first! Don't cut the funding to the people that make the Government happen. I'm all for freezing employee pay if that's the last step and other steps have been taken to mitigate the situation. There are other steps that can be taken before "freezing" the pay of your employees. If you freeze pay, you'll lose your performers seeking advancement to the corporate world. At the end of the two years you'll be left with a mediocre workforce who fights change.
    I guarantee that all of the politicians will see their raises and perks throughout these two years. It's sad that this administration thinks this way.

    November 29, 2010 10:57 am at 10:57 am |
  8. Bill from GA

    Maybe Congress will do him one better and rescind their last two years "Cost of Living Adjustment" pay hikes.

    Repugs should give back ALL of their salary, since they have done nothing worthwhile. For two years? For ten years? Maybe since Newt was Speaker.

    November 29, 2010 11:10 am at 11:10 am |
  9. Bill from GA

    And while they are at it, they should cut Congressional staff. Especially Repugs. How many $100,000 a year workers does it take to look up the word "NO" in a dictionary??

    November 29, 2010 11:14 am at 11:14 am |
  10. jules sand-perkins

    Only sixty billion over ten years?
    At Obama's rate of passing out money–didn't John D. Rockefeller used to hand out dimes instead of monthly checks?–our gladly giving POTUS is going to have to get up early in the morning to start running the worth-less-and-less dollar-bill printing presses every day.

    November 29, 2010 11:16 am at 11:16 am |
  11. john, PA

    It's time to cut federal pay, cut the number of federal workers, eliminate all federal and state unions all together.

    November 29, 2010 11:34 am at 11:34 am |
  12. gt

    good there jobs are for life .. they make good money and have great perks too....

    November 29, 2010 11:37 am at 11:37 am |
  13. Rick McDaniel

    Ok, now how about some cuts in federal employees, to trim the fat, as well????

    November 29, 2010 11:46 am at 11:46 am |
  14. Joe from Kansas

    You say cut federal pay and cut federal workers but you don't understand a lot of federal workers do provide a vital service. What about the weather service who maintains all those weather radars out there and protect the people from tornadoes? You think it doesn't require a lot of experience and training, I understand the frustration and the attitude of if I am unhappy everyone else should be too.

    November 29, 2010 11:51 am at 11:51 am |
  15. Rick

    Thank God for small favors. Make sure it is from the bottom to the top and make it 5 years. When government employees started to outearn private sector jobs that was the writing on the wall. I hope it is painful.

    November 29, 2010 11:52 am at 11:52 am |
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