House GOP budget blueprint repeat of last year

Wednesday - 3/21/2012, 11:42am EDT

Erik Wasson, staff writer, The Hill

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The House Republican response to President Obama's fiscal 2013 budget is similar to last year's, which caused a "political firestorm" for its proposed changes to Medicare, said The Hill staff writer Erik Wasson.

For federal employees, the GOP budget blueprint reflected last year's proposal to freeze federal pay through 2015, cut the workforce by 10 percent through attrition and increase workers' retirement contributions.

Wasson said it's not clear if Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wis.), chairman of the House Budget Committee, can reach enough savings from these cuts, so "we might see deeper cuts."