A three year pay freeze for federal employees passed the U.S. House of Representatives Thursday, in what some Republicans called a bipartisan measure. Two House Democrats voted for the bill that eliminates federal cost of living increases through 2015. No Republicans voted against it.
Indiana’s delegation voted along party lines with Young, Walorski, Brooks, Messer, Bucshon, Stutzman and Rokita voting for the bill that blocks President Obama’s 0.5-percent cost of living increase. Democrats Carson and Visclosky voted against it.
The bill is in response to a growing federal deficit, which congressional leaders in both parties says needs to be reined in. The bill now moves to the Senate.