Lawmakers urge Congress to give feds a pay raise

Eight House Democrats who represent the D.C.-metro area have penned a letter to congressional leaders asking them to give federal employees a raise for 2019, despite the president’s call for a pay freeze.

“We write to urge you to reject the president’s decision to deny hardworking federal employees a modest, scheduled pay increase of 2.1 percent…” the opening of the letter to House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.), House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.), Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) states.

The 2.1 percent across-the-board increase was set to go into effect in January, but in an Aug. 30 letter to lawmakers, President Trump set all across‑the‑board and locality pay increases to zero for 2019.

He wrote that the government "must maintain efforts to put our nation on a fiscally sustainable course, and federal agency budgets cannot sustain such increases."

But the lawmakers—House Minority Whip Steny Hoyer (D-Md.), and Maryland Democratic Reps. Anthony Brown, John Delaney, Jamie Raskin and John Sarbanes, D.C. Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton and Virginia Reps. Don Beyer and Gerry Connolly—don’t agree with the president’s reason for canceling the pay raise.

“It is beyond cynical that the president would cite serious economic and fiscal concerns to justify his decision to cancel a pay adjustment for middle class workers while he tweets constantly about economic gains and touts a tax bill that exploded the deficit by $1.5 trillion,” the group wrote.

They are asking for a 1.9 percent pay raise for 2019. The group also said that they believe the administration is vilifying federal employees.

“The ongoing assault on federal employees is unprecedented and it does nothing to improve the functionality of the federal government,” the letter continues.

It asks for Congress to provide the 1.9 percent pay raise that has already been approved by the Senate, “at the very least.”

Read the letter here.

Reader comments

Sat, Sep 8, 2018

I KNOW I am underpaid, there are studies proving my case as well. If the govt wants to keep hiring sub-par, lazy employees, you get what you pay for...

Fri, Sep 7, 2018

I KNOW that I am overpaid as a government employee... people complaining about how they WANT more money is rather disgusting. Mocking pay for performance does not solve any issues. We're given extraordinary benefits as a government employee and have very strong job security (compared to private industry)... to complain about a 2.1% increase is to ignore just how good we have it.

Fri, Sep 7, 2018 Hinterlands

Of course, our Liar-In-Chief has to continue to enrich folks like himself and his family(Are you aware of just how much Trump saved himself and his family on taxes from the BS tax cut?) because much of his support comes from those he has enriched at the expense of the lower-paid people. If the 'Pubs in Congress continue to absolve his wrongness and do not exercise their constitutionally mandated function of oversight, all the while touting just how "good" everything is, then we are quite lost. The die hard Trumpsters don't understand how much he loathes them, even as he spouts what they want to hear. One in my office has excused the Orange-Haired god for eliminating our COL raise for 2019, and acts like he is just so wondrous. Pah!!

Thu, Sep 6, 2018 Frank va

All you Trump supporters will be happy to see a smaller net pay in 2019 when your insurance premiums increase as well as how expensive shopping will be due to Trump's tariffs. No cost of living raise is only good for the billionaires in this country who get their large tax breaks. Well, I will no longer vote Republican because they do not respect Federal workers.

Thu, Sep 6, 2018

Follow the leader a Trump game: Bush Jr, Bubba, Obama and all out of touch with reality and did the same to federal employees. Time for change nation wide in November

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