"Extending the federal pay freeze defies logic or understanding. Does Representative Fitzpatrick believe that taking money out of the modest paychecks of workers who process the claims of disabled veterans will help either his community or the veterans who rely on those benefits? Does he know that over half of the employees who process veterans' benefits claims are veterans themselves? Was there any rational thought behind this terrible proposal?"
Representative Fitzpatrick needs to become better educated about the issues he tries to affect through legislation, Cox said. His misunderstanding of the reality of where federal salaries stand as compared to those paid in the private sector is appalling. Federal salaries are lower than those paid to private sector and state and local employees who perform the same type of jobs, and if Rep. Fitzpatrick would take the time to look beyond a few hyped-up headlines, he would know better.
AFGE urges Members of Congress to reject Representative Fitzpatrick's mean-spirited and simple-minded assault on the living standards of federal employees.
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