A budget spending plan has been approved by the Senate and is awaiting the signature of President Barack Obama for final approval.
Distinctly unpopular among voters and a scant presence in most congressional districts, federal workers have become an easy target in the hunt for budget savings.
A plan to set the federal budget for the next two years passed in the House with a large bipartisan vote of 332-94.
The co-architect of a new budget deal in Congress concedes the political accommodation is modest, but says it moves a fiscally challenged government “in the right direction.”
The president of Americans for Tax Reform, Norquist said that although some more spending cuts could have been added to the Tuesday deal, Democrats looking for increases in spending were successfully rebuffed in the budget plan.
The leader of House Democrats says her rank and file won’t support any year-end budget deal unless it includes plans to extend expiring unemployment benefits for long-term victims of the recession.