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Gerry Connolly: Pending Budget Talks Create Uncertainty for Contractors

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gerry connollyRep. Gerry Connolly, (D-Va.), said uncertainty over spending cuts due to sequestration could have an “insidious” impact on contractors, taxpayers and government employees, Federal News Radio reported Wednesday.

Jack Moore writes Congress is fast approaching deadlines to decide on pay raise, government funding and the debt ceiling.

Connolly told Federal News Radio in an interview that budget uncertainty could hurt contractual work and government investments.

“Agency heads are understandably reluctant to make any kind of long-term commitment for themselves or for their outside contractors,” said Connolly, according to the report.

The station reports Connolly supports a proposed one percent salary increase and he believes extending the pay freeze would affect efforts to retain the federal workforce.

“I find it ironic that a crowd that says we ought to run the government like a company actually is engaged in management practices that no company worth its salt would ever engage in,” he added.

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