Senators Proposing Spending Cut Package Won't Say If They'd Cut Wages of Federal Employees--Who Make an Average $123,049 in Annual Salary and Benefits

February 2, 2011 | 7:39 AM EST
Four senators who say they want to cap federal spending over the next four years declined to say whether they would support cutting the wages of even a single federal employee, even though federal workers in 2009 made an average of $123,049 in salary and benefits, which is more than twice the average of $61,051 that workers made in the private sector, according to the Bureau of Economic Analysis.