Hoyer comes out against two-year federal pay freeze

The letter was signed by members of the Maryland and Virginia delegations as well as District of Columbia Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-D.C.). Reps. James Moran (D-Va.), Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.), Frank WolfFrank Wolf10 most expensive House races Benghazi Report and Hillary: What it means for Philadelphia Lobbying World MORE (R-Va.), Gerry ConnollyGerry ConnollyFeds scrutinize DC Metro trains for running red lights Dems want answers after Metro transit officer charged with aiding ISIS DC Metro wasn’t adequately inspecting tracks before train derailment MORE (D-Va.), Donna Edwards (D-Md.) and John Sarbanes (D-Md.) also signed the letter.

They wrote that "we do not believe civil servants should be unfairly targeted," and said Bureau of Labor Statistics show that federal employees are paid less that private sector counterparts, contrary to Republican claims they are overpaid.

Democrats have been arguing Obama gave away a negotiating chit in agreeing to a federal pay freeze without extracting any concessions from Republicans on deficit reduction.