JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- A local Congressman is causing a stir with his first piece of Federal legislation.
Congressman Ron DeSantis' bill to extend the Federal Wage Freeze and overturn President Obama's directive to raise federal wages passed the house Friday.
"I think the higher ups who are making hundreds of thousands of dollars a year, yeah," said Jennifer Pates.
Pates has no problem with the Vice President taking a pay freeze, but doesn't see why her mom, who works for the Veterans Hospital shouldn't get a raise.
"My mom has had very close ties to the services her entire life, so that's why she went in to it, where she could get a job somewhere else making double what she makes now, but she enjoys what she does," she said.
The bill would keep ALL federal wages where they are for the next 9 months.
Congressman Ron DeSantis says the legislation will save the United States government $11 billion dollars over the next 10 years, and Kay Reglin thinks that's a savings the country needs.
"We have to start somewhere, and we might as well start with the federal government. If you're going to talk the talk, you should walk the walk," said Reglin.
The bill is in direct opposition with a directive the President handed down in December to raise wages for non-military federal employees... and Reglin thinks that's a good thing.
"I think fair is fair. Mr. Congressman, if you want me to vote for you next time, well you should be under the same deal I'm under," she said.
But should it apply to everyone?
"I don't know that I agree with it going all the way down the line," said Pates.
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