While Republicans and Democrats agree federal spending needs to be brought under control in order to rein in the growth of the national debt, currently at $15 trillion, they disagree over how much of the burden should be placed on the backs of federal employees.
"Because we've put ourselves into such a problem...because it's such a big mess, because the debt is so massive, it's going to make it more painful for the people who are here now," Rep. Jason Chaffetz (R-Utah) told Federal News Radio. "There can't be root beer in every drinking fountain. There's not going to be bonuses, awards and pay raises for everyone. It's not going to happen or this country will go bankrupt."