Pay freeze proposal advances to Senate

Thursday - 12/9/2010, 7:00am EST

By Suzanne Kubota
Senior Internet Editor
Federal News Radio

The "full year CR" imposing the President's two year freeze on federal salaries has passed the House.

The House passed the bill Wednesday evening by a 212-206 vote. It would cap the annual operating budgets of federal agencies at the $1.2 trillion approved for the recently finished budget year _ a $46 billion cut of more than 3 percent from President Barack Obama's request. People serving in the military would get a 1.4 percent pay raise.

As the Senate takes up the measure, "one other thing to watch for," Ian Swanson, news editor for The Hill newspaper told Federal News Radio , "is that there's still a plan in the Senate to take this CR...and sort of attach an omnibus spending bill that would have some different funding levels. So there's still a couple of twists and turns in the story of these spending bills for 2011."

Overall, the bill reportedly faces bipartisan opposition in the Senate.

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The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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