WASHINGTON — Republican senators on Tuesday unveiled two $60 billion proposals to freeze government salaries and cut operational costs to help pay for the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq and for earthquake relief for Haiti.
Sens. Tom Coburn of Oklahoma and John McCain of Arizona said they will not vote for the $59 billion war spending bill unless lawmakers come up with ways to offset its costs.
Their first proposal would cap the number of workers at each federal agency and implement a one-year freeze on pay raises, bonuses and other salary increases for civilian federal workers, saving $2.6 billion.
It would also target several other programs for cancellation.
Their second proposal cuts congressional budgets by $100 million, orders the government to sell $15 billion in property and $250 million in unneeded equipment.
Montana man's body found at Yellowstone
YELLOWSTONE NATIONAL PARK, Wyo. —The body of a Montana man was recovered Tuesday after two people died while trying to climb a frozen waterfall below the rim of the Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone River, officials said.
Deteriorating weather delayed the effort to recover the second body until Friday, Yellowstone spokesman Al Nash said.
The park was withholding the names of the men until their families could be notified. Park officials said both were in their late 20s and believed to have been residents of Bozeman.
Rescuers found the climbers' bodies Monday on a rock ledge about 300 feet below the canyon rim. Park officials said it appeared an ice column collapsed during their ascent.