On Tuesday the U.S. Senate rejected an amendment by Sen. Pat Roberts, R-Kan., to use money saved by extending the pay freeze on federal workers to fund other spending. Roberts wanted the money to pay for energy projects, an adoption tax credit, and tax deductions for college expenses and for state and local property taxes, the Washington Post reported. Not surprisingly, federal workers weren’t happy. “It is fundamentally wrong for federal employees to be required, again, to serve as the automatic teller machine for programs that have nothing to do with deficit reduction,” wrote Beth Moten of the American Federation of Government Employees. “Enough is enough.”
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