Unions blast GOP plan to extend federal pay freeze

Federal employee unions are blasting a Senate Republican plan that would take money from government workers to cover the cost of extending the payroll tax cut.

Legislation proposed by Sen. Dean Heller (R-Nev.) would, among other provisions, add three years to the two-year federal pay freeze. Instead of the freeze ending Dec. 31, 2012, it would go through 2015. Heller said his plan is “treating taxpayers’ dollars responsibly.”

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