House Democratic Whip Steny H. Hoyer (MD) released the following statement today after House and Senate Republicans introduced a proposal to delay sequestration by targeting federal employees:
"I am extremely disappointed that once again Republicans are proposing to delay sequestration by solely targeting middle-class federal employees, rather than working with Democrats on a comprehensive solution to reduce the deficit and replace the sequester. These hard working Americans have already contributed $103 billion towards deficit reduction, yet Republicans continue to single them out and place the burden of deficit reduction solely on their shoulders. From defending our nation to promoting the safety and well-being of Americans, federal workers provide countless services to our country. It is simply unfair and unwise to target America's public servants after they have already accepted a two-year pay freeze, an increased pension contribution, and a reduction and delay of a cost-of-living-adjustment this year.
"By continuing their ongoing attack on federal employees, Republicans are undercutting our ability to recruit and retain the strong federal workforce our nation needs and deserves. If Republicans are serious about avoiding the sequester, they should abandon these political games that target those who defend our borders, keep our air clean and food safe, and fulfill so many vital services our communities rely on. I continue to urge House Republicans to work with Democrats on a fair and balanced compromise that will prevent sequestration and put our nation on a fiscally sustainable path."