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 WolfHouse votes to mandate sexual harassment training for members and staff Trump, global religious freedom needs US ambassador to lead Bottom Line MORE (R-Va.), Gerry ConnollyGerald (Gerry) Edward ConnollyDems resurface Flynn's 'lock her up' comments after Mueller charges Virginia Dem jokes: ‘I am probably not interested’ in being Time’s 'Person of the Year' Lights, camera, SCOTUS 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.