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Moore only Wisconsin House member to vote no on federal worker pay freeze


WASHINGTON D.C. (WTAQ) - Milwaukee Democrat Gwen Moore was the only Wisconsin House member to vote against a continued pay freeze for federal employees.

The House voted 309 to 117 Wednesday in favor of a bill by Wausau area Republican Sean Duffy to keep the pay freeze going through the end of 2013.

Wisconsin Democrats Tammy Baldwin and Ron Kind joined the state's five Republicans in okaying the measure.

Federal employees, members of Congress, and their staffs have not have a raise since 2009 -- and President Obama wants to give them a half-percent increase. But Duffy says Americans have had to tighten their belts in the rough economy, and they don't appreciate that federal workers get 16 percent more than those who do similar jobs in the private sector.

Duffy introduced the bill last Friday, and it now goes to the Senate.

The current pay freeze expires at the end of this year. It affects about 2.3 million non-military federal personnel.