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U.S. Rep. Karen Bass Votes Against Bill to Extend the Pay Freeze for Members of Congress and Federal Employees


Location: Washington, DC

U.S. Rep. Karen Bass made the following statement following her vote against H.R. 3835, to extend the pay limitation for Members of Congress and federal employees.

"Today, I voted against a careless bill that House Republicans are attempting to use as another political scheme. Republicans are calling for a pay freeze among Members of Congress and federal workers, simply to force House Democrats to vote in favor of the irresponsible bill. I will not stand for the smoke and mirrors routine my Republicans colleagues are creating by attaching Congressional Member pay to this legislation.

"Democrats have brought forward a sensible bill that will only freeze the pay of Congress, but not at the expense of working class Americans. I urge Republicans to stop using federal workers as a scapegoat to distract from what is really at stake in our country and get back to what will actually help American people -- creating jobs, and extending unemployment benefits and the payroll tax holiday."

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