Connolly to Push for Federal Pay Raise
While President Obama’s proposed pay raise for federal employees would be the largest since 2010, some lawmakers are preparing to push for more.
Rep. Gerry Connolly, (D-Va.) plans to introduce The Federal Adjustment of Incomes Rate (FAIR) Act, which would give federal employees a 5.3% raise in fiscal 2017 – significantly more than the President’s 1.6% increase.
“While the President’s proposal marks a slight improvement over this year, it doesn’t come close to restoring what federal employees have lost over the past six years, including enduring pay freezes and a shutdown, or to reflecting what they are owed based on their quality of service,” Connolly said in a statement. “The FAIR Act demonstrates to our federal workforce that we value their service.”
In his budget outline, the President noted that federal employees’ pay raises have been historically low during his tenure:
“Throughout the administration, relative reductions in federal employee compensation have contributed significant federal savings during a period of rapidly declining federal deficits. Cuts in salaries and benefits over the past six years have already saved the government tens of billions of dollars.”
But the 5.3% raise is not an arbitrary number. The American Federation of Government Employees (AFGE) was the first to call for this specific increase.
"We are not asking for any special treatment,” said AFGE National President J. David Cox, “just a catch-up contribution to start making up for the $182 billion that federal employees personally sacrificed to help get our nation through the greatest economic downturn since the Great Depression.”
Last year, Connolly proposed a 3.8% federal pay raise under the same bill name, but it failed to gain traction.
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