U.S. Senator Tom Coburn, M.D. (R-OK) released the following statement today regarding President Obama's call for a two-year pay freeze for federal workers.
"President Obama's call for a federal pay freeze is a welcome step that will show taxpayers the federal government is willing to sacrifice and lead by example. Workers in the private sector are right to be concerned that federal salaries and benefits are, on average, twice as generous. I would also encourage agency heads to take steps now to freeze federal pay that do not require congressional approval," Dr. Coburn said.
Earlier this year Dr. Coburn offered an amendment to the supplemental spending bill that would have imposed a one-year freeze on federal salaries. That amendment was defeated by a vote of 53-45 on May 27.