74
      Thursday
      93 / 74
      Friday
      88 / 70
      Saturday
      85 / 65

      Federal pay freeze extended until at least spring 2013

      (Photo: Jollyuk/flickr)

      WASHINGTON (AP) - President Barack Obama is extending a two-year pay freeze for federal employees until at least next spring.

      The freeze will stay in effect until a spending plan is passed, but the presidential campaign makes it unlikely that will happen before the start of fiscal 2013 on Oct. 1.

      Obama has proposed an across-the-board half-percent pay raise, but Congress would have to enact the pay-raise proposal.

      Congress reached a short-term deal before its August recess to fund the government for six months. The administration estimates the two-year pay freeze will save more than $60 billion.

      J. David Cox Sr., national president of the American Federation of Government Employees, called the decision to extend the two-year federal pay freeze "absolutely unwarranted and unjustified."