I would think they could find somewhere else to cut.
Check this out:

Federal workers look like they could be the big losers if House and Senate budget conferees reach a deal.

Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) and Sen. Patty Murray (D-Wash.) are working behind closed doors to reach a deal that would replace some of the automatic spending cuts known as the sequester with other reductions.

They are believed to be looking at hiking federal worker employee retirement contributions, which would effectively lower federal pay. The savings would be used to prevent sequester cuts to the Pentagon and non-defense discretionary spending.

Unions representing workers are worried about the cuts already on the table.

“This is a crunch time and crisis time for federal employees,” said J. David Cox. the president of the AFL-CIO’s American Federation of Government Employees, on Monday. “We are prepared to stand up against anyone who is prepared to come back to the same well again.”

Continue reading →