The House of Representatives has passed a bill that would freeze congressional and executive branch salaries through 2013. Federal employee pay is already subject to a two-year cost-of-living adjustment freeze; the House legislation (HR 3835) would extend the salary freeze to three years. The measure passed the House with the bipartisan support of 309 Representatives. The Senate is not expected to take up the legislation, although the pay freeze provision may surface in negotiations between the two chambers over whether and how to extend the payroll tax reduction for the balance of this year.

On 1 February, the House passed a resolution that reduces the budgets for House committees for the remainder of the 112th Congress by 4.6 percent overall. The reductions would not be evenly distributed across committees. Instead, the House Agriculture and Science Committees would be subject to the largest reductions (8.6 percent and 10.5 percent, respectively).


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