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Daily Dose: Federal employees urge Congress to cut wisely

A collection of federal workers’ groups has sent letters to Congress, asking members to carefully considercertain aspects of Obama’s deficit reduction plan. The groups represent about 4.6 million Federal employees.

“We appreciate the Administration’s call for ‘some sacrifice from all of us,’ ” the letter continues. “However, federal employees are being disproportionately targeted in the continuing waves of deficit reduction proposals. Not only are federal employees facing layoffs and downsizing due to shrinking agency budgets, they are already subject to compensation cuts.” A two-year pay freeze was imposed on federal workers in January.

The group has asked Congress to reject proposals that would eliminate Saturday mail service and the Federal Employees Retirement System, among other things.

What do you think of the proposals put forth by this workers’ group? What about the proposals put forth by Obama?


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