U.S. Rep. Bob Gibbs (R-OH) released the following statement after voting in favor of H.R. 273, which would eliminate the 2013 statutory pay adjustment for Federal employees. The legislation freezes federal employee pay adjustments through December 31, 2013 and applies to federal employees and officials, including Members of Congress, Members of the President's Cabinet and the Vice President.
"Today, I voted to freeze pay increases for federal government employees, including myself. With hardworking Americans taking pay cuts all across the country, it is unreasonable to allow myself and my fellow colleagues to receive pay increases in this economic climate.
"President Obama has put forth an executive order that would give federal employees a pay increase funded by the taxpayers, which is incredibly inappropriate at a time when the federal government continues to surpass a $16 trillion national debt.
"The executive order proposed by the President is evidence that he clearly does not understand that spending continues to be the biggest problem in Washington. With the automatic spending cuts scheduled to go into effect on March 1, 2013, we should be making strides to reduce our spending, not spending more money that we do not have."