The Corner

Boehner: Pay Freeze ‘Won’t Do Much’ Without Hiring Freeze

House Speaker-elect John Boehner (R., Ohio) released the following statement in response to President Obama’s call for a two-year pay freeze for non-military federal employees — praising the decision, but urging the president to go further:

“I welcome President Obama’s announcement, and hope he will build on it by embracing much-needed steps to reduce both the size and the cost of government, including the net federal hiring freeze Republicans propose in our Pledge to America.  Without a hiring freeze, a pay freeze won’t do much to rein in a federal bureaucracy that added hundreds of thousands of employees to its payroll over the last two years while the private sector shed millions of jobs.

“Today’s action is a clear indication that the Pledge to America, which lays out concrete steps to cut spending and reduce the size of government, is the right plan to address the people’s priorities.  Republicans and Democrats don’t have to wait until January to cut spending and stop all the tax hikes.  We can – and should – start right now.”

Andrew Stiles — Andrew Stiles is a political reporter for National Review Online. He previously worked at the Washington Free Beacon, and was an intern at The Hill newspaper. Stiles is a 2009 ...

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