Federal pay freeze in bill to avert government shutdown
WASHINGTON — Federal workers would face a two-year pay freeze under a spending bill Congress will consider today to keep the government operating through March 4.
The bill would protect student Pell grants, veterans’ benefits and a program that helps lowincome families pay their heating bills. A small business loan program would be extended.
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., has scheduled a procedural vote for this morning. The Senate could pass the bill as early as today, sending it to the House, which delayed its holiday vacation to vote on it.
Passing the bill would keep the government from running out of money for daily operations tonight and forcing a shutdown of most federal agencies.
Complete look at programs bill would protect.