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    Elimination of 2013 Pay Adjustment

    by Former Representative Frank R. Wolf

    Posted on 2013-02-15

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    WOLF. I rise in opposition to the bill.

    I saw the movie ``Zero Dark Thirty.'' In the movie, the woman, Maya, who is working for 10 years to find Osama bin Laden and the entire team, Maya's pay raise and pay has been frozen--and the team--for the last 10 years.

    There's a scene in the movie--I don't want to ruin it if you haven't seen it--but seven CIA employees were killed in Khost, Afghanistan. I went to the memorial service in my congressional district in Langley where I watched the young kids. One little kid had a blazer on and khakis. I watched him come in. The team that replaced the team that was killed in Khost had a pay freeze for 3 years. The FBI agent who stopped that young boy from being killed down in Alabama and just ran up a Taliban terrorist up in California, pay raise? No. A freeze for 3 years.

    Over the last 5 years, one ICE agent killed, one Secret Service agent killed, three ATF agents killed, one DEA agent killed, two U.S. Marshals killed, air traffic controllers that put the safety for my family and your family and our constituents as they fly through the sky, the NIH.

    My family has been devastated by cancer. My father and mother died of cancer. Cancer has impacted my family. Dr. Collins mapped the human genome system that will save many of you and the lives of your sons and daughters because of basically following that system, working on liver cancer, prostate cancer, breast cancer, ovarian cancer, which my mom died of. You will drive people like that--Dr. Collins and his team will have been frozen for 3 years.

    With regard to NASA, we just went through the 10th anniversary of the Challenger explosion. Those astronauts that sit on that rocket, those now and in the future, if you have NASA facilities in your district and they sit on that Soyuz rocket that goes up, they froze their pay for 3 years.

    {time} 1020 The firefighters out in the West who you'll call on and beg to come and fight when the storms come this summer--and they're coming--have been frozen. There's the Weather Service. For those of you from Florida and in the tornado area and in the hurricane area, the weathermen stay around the clock, working--frozen for 3 years. There was Border Patrol Agent Brian Terry and the people who worked with him, who are on the border where violent gangs come across the border--frozen for 3 years. There is the DEA and others.

    There are the doctors out at Walter Reed. If you go out and visit Walter Reed or go visit your VA hospitals, the doctors and the nurses who are working with the wounded warriors, people who have lost their limbs in Afghanistan and Iraq--frozen for 3 years.

    The SPEAKER pro tempore. The time of the gentleman has expired.

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