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Report: Shutdown less likely, prospects for 1.9% raise look better

Members of the House and Senate working to hash out a compromise on much-discussed “minibus” spending bills to keep the federal government going are making progress, according to a recent report.

The report—in GovExec—states that based on recent statements by key players on Capitol Hill, and an analysis of voting records, the prospects are improving for compromise on spending bills, and for passage of a modest pay raise for federal employees.

The report also predicted that, at the very least, Congress would be able to agree on funding federal agencies in a continuing resolution effective through Dec. 7.

Reader comments

Fri, Nov 16, 2018 Bullied

The democrat leader once said those are "crumbs". That little bit of raise will not even cover the $174.00 increase in insurance cost for 2019. This is why federal raises should be at minimum commensurate to insurance increases. Once again the federal workers get screwed over because of politics.

Tue, Sep 18, 2018

A 1.9% pay increase is the least they could do, however, if the Health Benefit & Retirement changes go through, it will cost me three times more than the 1.9 increase. Anyone got any news on that?

Mon, Sep 17, 2018

I think in November we all can tell the minions "your fired", unfortunately new minions will take their place and in a few more years it will be turn to repeat "your fired". 1.9% is a real joke just like the Bush Jr, Bubba, Clue less Obama and the present occupant of the white house. Thanks for nothing because in the real world it is nothing.

Fri, Sep 14, 2018

Any word on the status of the administration's proposal to revamp fed retirement benefits that was floated earlier this year? Wasn't that going to be tied to the defense spending bill?

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