White House Communications Director Dan Pfeiffer officially announced the freeze at a press briefing this morning (Monday). According to a transcript of the meeting, the move is intended as a first step towards lowering the federal deficit. Pfeiffer also indicated that it would cover all civilian employees… but would not affect military personnel currently serving in uniform.
Arnold Scott represents the 6th District office of the American Federation of Government Employees… which includes federal workers from Indiana, Ohio and Kentucky. He says the President’s decision is little more than political gamesmanship.
“They need to eat, they need be able to make their house payments, they need to be able to do all the things that everybody needs to do.” says Scott.
White House spokesperson Dan Pfeiffer notes the move is an extension of similar pay freezes imposed on senior White House officials when the President took office in 2008.
It is still unclear what impact the move is likely to have on Indiana… as media inquiries to area federal and legislative offices have thus far yielded no comment.