Republican lawmaker says deal has been reached on fed pay raise
- By Sherkiya Wedgeworth
- Oct 04, 2018
Congress has agreed on a pay raise for federal employees for 2019, according to one Republican lawmaker.
“I am pleased that an agreement has been reached to provide our federal employees with the raises they have earned and deserve,” Rep. Barbara Comstock (R-Va.) said in a statement. “With our strong, booming economy, it is essential that we keep our federal salaries competitive so we attract the talent in the civilian workforce that is needed for our national security, homeland security, law enforcement, and medical research jobs and more,” she added.
A 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.
Lawmakers from both sides, including Comstock, urged the president to at least consider a 1.9 percent pay raise that was approved by the Senate; the House spending bill did not include a pay increase.
Meanwhile, other media outlets have reported that no agreement has been reached, making Comstack’s public statement premature.
According to one report, the deal would include a 1.9 percent pay increase for federal civilian employees in 2019 but Democrats say they will reject the deal over “partisan” add-ons to the bill.
The National Active and Retired Federal Employees Association in an official statement said they are “cautiously optimistic” about the reports of a pay raise.
“NARFE has been working hard with Congress and remains cautiously optimistic that federal employees will receive a 1.9 percent pay raise in 2019 after hearing preliminary reports that the House and Senate have reached an agreement supporting it,” according to the statement.