Republican lawmaker says deal has been reached on fed pay raise

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.

Reader comments

Fri, Oct 19, 2018

Comstock and your cronies how much of a COLA will you folks give yourselves for doing absolutely nothing of importance?

Thu, Oct 18, 2018

Civil service cost of living adjustments have been a target of many generations of idiots running the show. Nothing will change until all the pond scum in elected office is voted out.

Tue, Oct 16, 2018

Comstock and all her cronies will silently vote themselves a 25% increase on the warped idea they are doing the nation a great job.

Fri, Oct 12, 2018 A-a-ron Cleveland, OH

I've only been a federal employee for just shy of a decade, but I'm happy to support a freeze on salary increases. Would the money be nice? Sure, but the price is too high right now. Our country is HURTING financially and every little bit helps. I don't think freezing employee salaries will solve all the problems but our Government has to stop spending so much money. Further, my three brothers work in the private sector. From 2009-2013 only one got a raise ONE year, and one even had his salary DROP (take a 5% pay cut or find another job). Their story isn't unique. Until we stop the bleeding I'll happily support a freeze, even if it means less money in my own pocket.

Thu, Oct 11, 2018

Comstock and the rest of the congress and senate, wake up and smell the roses. 1.9% is nothing since we lost over 3 years with out any colas. Now she and her friends are doing the federal employees a favor.

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