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Obama makes 3-month pay freeze extension official

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President Obama on Friday issued a memo officially freezing federal pay scales for the first three months of 2013.

Obama’s freeze — which extends a pay scale freeze that has already stretched for two years — is no surprise. In August, he proposed freezing pay until Congress passes an actual budget and stops funding the government through a series of continuing resolutions, or CRs. One month later, Congress passed a six-month CR that freezes pay and partially funds the government until March 27.

The pay freeze memo came a few hours after President Obama granted feds a day off on Christmas Eve. Which once again shows, you win some, you lose some.


  1. Jonathan Says:
    December 21st, 2012 at 5:09 pm

    Freeze my pay for 2 years and then give me a day off to make up for it? Something does not equate. How about Congress giving up some of their perks? They have way too many freebies for what they accomplish.

  2. tiredofthelies Says:
    December 22nd, 2012 at 6:30 am

    Of course they are going to freeze pay again. it is always much easier to do the easier and unmeaningful things, than to make a hard decision and take tough action.

  3. grumpy Says:
    December 22nd, 2012 at 11:26 am

    Given that no budget has been passed for the past 4 years, one should not expect this freeze to thaw for several more years.

  4. Bob Says:
    December 26th, 2012 at 8:44 am

    Nothing that those morons in DC do surprises me anymore. We’ll be lucky if we get a raise within the next 3 years. The federal employees have been treated like red-headed step children for the past several years, and I don’t see that changing anytime soon.