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Hensarling Statement on Federal Pay Freeze Legislation

WASHINGTON – Congressman Jeb Hensarling (R-Texas) – a leading conservative and chairman of the House Financial Services Committee – issued the following statement on H.R. 273 which eliminates the 2013 statutory pay adjustment for Federal employees:

“Across our nation, too many hardworking Americans are watching their paychecks shrink and the cost of gas, health care, and putting food on the table climb.  In order to get by, families – including many in the Texas communities I represent – are forced to tighten their belts and do with less just to make ends meet.  All the while, our national debt tops $16 trillion and climbing.
“While continuing to keep the pay of Members of Congress and federal employees frozen for another year won’t solve our problems on its own, it is one step among many we can take to put our nation back onto a sustainable fiscal path.  
“The president obviously feels that Washington has earned an across-the-board pay increase.  Too many problems face our nation that Washington has failed to properly address.  Working Americans across the nation only receive a pay raise – if they earn one at all in this economy – as a result of positive performance.  Washington should be no different.”