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Lawmakers pen letter asking status of pay raise

Nine capital-area Democrats want answers from the Trump administration on when a 1.9 percent pay raise for civilian feds, approved in the recent appropriations package and retroactive to the start of the year, will start showing up in paychecks.

In a March 5 letter, led by Reps. Elijah Cummings (D-Md.) and Gerry Connolly (D-Va.), the members called on President Donald Trump to issue an executive order authorizing the pay raise and for the Office of Personnel Management to publish pay tables to calculate the value of the raise across general schedule levels and localities.

"Given the continued impact of the recent shutdown," the lawmakers wrote, "any delay in implementing the 1.9 percent pay raise enacted into law is unacceptable. It is also imperative that retroactive lump sum payments be calculated in accordance with this pay increase."

The members want to hear back from Russell Vought, acting director of the Office of Management and Budget and Margaret Weichert, acting OPM director, by March 15.

Reader comments

Wed, Mar 13, 2019

since law makers are ineffective there should be an 85% reduction in salary and benefits to offset any cuts in federal employee retirement benefits.

Mon, Mar 11, 2019

The supposed law makers are actually law breakers. Marking furloughed federal employees come back to work for no compensation at that time along with both the democrats and republicans making themselves rich at the expense of the federal workers and tax payers is just the way they do business. Also the unions condone such activity and they think a 1.9% increase is great (as long as they are getting much more than that in bonuses and regular salary increases.

Fri, Mar 8, 2019 Steve

Look I voted for the Donald After he froze our pay raise then shut the government down for 5 weeks and referr to us GWs as all Democrats what do you expect 1.9% is a joke after what he put us through the shut down I would forget that come 2020

Thu, Mar 7, 2019 Anne AK

The President signed this into law on 2/14. He met his responsibility so they are going after him only to look like he is the problem and make him look bag when, in fact, the rest is not up to him.

Thu, Mar 7, 2019

President Trump almost sent us into a recession with GNP dipping significantly. He made employees lose homes, pay, and now he has the nerve to drag his feet on this minimal cost of living adjustment(COLA) not raise as my health insurance, rent, gas, utilities, cable, cell phone and everything else keeps going up. I have actually lost money and had to work a second job to keep a float. Wake up and smell the roses that are not Roses and get us our money and fast or pay interest on it!!!!!

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