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March 15, 2013

Congress: How they voted: Minimum wages, welfare, job programs

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WASHINGTON —

A yes vote backed the amendment.

Voting yes: None. Voting no: Al Franken, D, Amy Klobuchar, D

FEDERAL HIRING FREEZE:

Voting 45 for and 54 against, the Senate on March 14 defeated an amendment to HR 933 (above) to freeze the hiring of "non-essential" federal employees during the last half of fiscal 2013.

Non-essential civil servants are defined as those whose duties do not directly protect human life and property.

Tom Coburn, R-Okla., said "if we care about federal employees, we do not want to spend money on positions that are truly not necessary right now, given the priorities, so the rest of the federal workforce can be there."

Barbara Mikulski, D-Md., called the amendment "just one more blow to a battered civil service....We have now frozen their pay for several years. They are facing increased costs in their pension program and now they are going to face furlough, and then we are going to tell them we don't think a lot of you are essential."

A yes vote backed the amendment.

Voting yes: None. Voting no: Franken, Klobuchar

 

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