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Elimination of 2013 Pay Adjustment

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Location: Washington, DC

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Mr. CLAY. Mr. Speaker, I thank my friend from Maryland for yielding.

I rise today in strong opposition to H.R. 273, a deeply flawed bill that punishes all Federal workers across the Nation by not even allowing them to have a half of a percent salary increase.

Once again, the majority is showing America that they do not care about the suffering of middle class Federal employees after they have already accepted a 2-year pay freeze and a freeze on retirees' cost-of-living adjustments.

Federal employees are intelligence analysts who defend America's borders; they are nurses and doctors who care for our veterans; they are scientists who conduct lifesaving research, which is producing remarkable results and generating new jobs across this country; and they provide countless other Federal services to all of our constituents.

It is wrong to intentionally target our Nation's best and brightest public servants by giving them good reason to quit their government job and move to the private sector.

My friends, the sad truth is that this bill is not really about deficit reduction. It is just the latest act in more bad political theater that does nothing to strengthen our economy.

My honorable colleague, Federal employees are my constituents and your constituents. They are hurting. We should not be wasting time on political nonsense like this.

I urge my friends on both sides of the aisle to put our country before our politics. Let's defeat this reckless and unfair bill, and then let's sit down together to force a reasonable compromise that will reduce the deficit, avoid the sequester, and restore economic security for middle class families.

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