President Obama’s most recent proposal to get the deficit under control has stirred up controversy and anger among politicians and federal civilian employees — who would be directly affected. The plan, which would save nearly $2 billion for the rest of fiscal 2011, calls for a two-year federal worker pay freeze.
While many in Washington are angry at this proposal, Obama is not wavering in his reasoning. “The hard truth in getting this budget under control is going to require some broad sacrifice, and that sacrifice must be shared by employees of the federal government,” the President said from the podium at a press event held on the evening of November 29, 2010.
Over the next decade the pay freezes could save the government up to $60 billion dollars. This plan excludes military workers, according to the President their continuation to “bear enormous burdens with our nation at war” is sacrifice enough for our country. According to Bloomberg, our nations current deficit is at the second highest it’s ever been with a total of $1.3 trillion in the 2010 fiscal year.
Obama Addresses The Public
Part of the plan includes freezing salaries of senior White House officials, and eliminating bonuses for top political appointees — a controversial move. Obama highlighted the fact that this was a very difficult decision for him.
The fiscal year of 2011 began on October 1, 2010 and will end on September 2011, it is within this year that the government hopes to save at least $2 billion to make a dent within the nations current deficit.