The Congressional Budget Office found Monday that federal workers are compensated 16 percent more than comparable private-sector workers on average.
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The finding is bound to inflame disputes between Republican and Democrats as to how much to reduce the deficit by cutting federal worker pay.
“While millions of Americans continue to struggle with stagnant wages and high unemployment, government bureaucrats in Washington continue to enjoy significant advantages over those whose tax dollars finance their compensation,” House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan’s (R-Wis.) office said in reaction to the finding.
Ryan’s budget proposal from last spring proposed freezing federal worker pay through 2015 and increasing federal worker pension contributions from 0.8 percent of total payroll to 50 percent.
The news comes in a week when the House will vote on a bill, sponsored by Rep. Sean Duffy (R-Wis.), to extend the two-year pay freeze for federal civilian workers one more year, through 2013.]
Read More at The Hill By Erik Wasson, The Hill