Fed­eral pay freeze in bill to avert govern­ment shut­down

Dayton Daily News - - FRONT PAGE - By Stephen Ohlemacher As­so­ci­ated Press

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.

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