Daily Outrage: Federal salary freeze dies fast in Congress 

What: Both houses of Congress killed proposals to freeze federal salaries, which would have saved $30 billion during the next 10 years. Rep. Michelle Bachmann, R-Minn., sponsored a House measure and Sens. Tom Coburn, R-Okla., and John McCain, R-Ariz, tried in the Senate.

How come: Federal-pay freezing won the YouCut contest to identify potential government spending cuts popular with Republican voters. Future GOP efforts to impose a freeze seem likely, especially during the 2010 midterm congressional campaign period.

Why it’s outrageous: The United States is struggling through the worst recession in 60 years. Federal employees have much better job security and benefits than most Americans, so it’s fair that they share the burden.

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