In the newly released Senate bill, Section 1112 rescinds the provision permitting a civilian pay adjustment for federal employees, continuing the current pay freeze until Dec. 31, 2013.
Sen. Barbara Mikulski (D-Md.), chairwoman of the Senate Appropriations Committee, said the bipartisan agreement avoids a shutdown, adheres to the Budget Control Act, enhances the House CR for many critical priorities, "and lets us wrap up fiscal year 2013 so we can get to next year’s budget and find a balanced solution to sequester."
Not unexpectedly, federal labor union leaders were critical of the news that wages would remain frozen. J. David Cox Sr., national president of the American Federation of Government Employees, said some Republican senators balked at the idea of even a modest bump, even though "the wealthiest contractors" got a 10 percent raise.
"Federal employees now will have suffered three years of no pay raises, at the same time hundreds of thousands of them are facing multiple days of furloughs because of sequestration," Cox said. "It’s hard to imagine the federal government becoming a less attractive employer than it is today after this decision."