Hoyer vs. Obama

by Robert Costa

The House majority leader comes out against the president’s pay freeze:

House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer (D-Md.) has joined a letter to House Appropriations Committee Chairman David Obey (D-Wis.) opposing President Obama’s proposal for a two-year pay freeze for civilian federal workers.The Dec. 6 letter asks that any pay freeze be limited to fiscal 2011 and that any pay adjustments beyond that be left to the next Congress “where federal pay can be considered in the context of a more comprehensive approach to deficit reduction.”The Office of Management and Budget has submitted bill text to House Appropriations to implement the pay freeze.

The letter was signed by members of the Maryland and Virginia delegations as well as District of Columbia Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-D.C.). Reps. James Moran (D-Va.), Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.), Frank Wolf (R-Va.), Gerry Connolly (D-Va.), Donna Edwards (D-Md.) and John Sarbanes (D-Md.) also signed the letter.

House Democrats will caucus tonight at 6:30 p.m. Jonathan Allen predicts: “It promises to be loud.”