Lawmakers Introduce Bill to Give Feds 3.3. Percent Pay Raise in 2015

A group of House Democrats have introduced legislation that would provide General Schedule and wage grade employees a 3.3 percent raise in 2015.

The Federal Adjustment of Income Rates (FAIR) Act (H.R. 4306) was introduced by Rep. Gerry Connolly (VA-11) and nine other lawmakers, many but not all of them from the Washington, D.C. area.

“After a three-year wage freeze, wage-reducing work furloughs, sequester cuts, and a government shutdown, our nation’s dedicated federal employees deserve fair compensation,” Rep. Connolly said.  “Not only has our federal workforce been demonized and demoralized by the constant attacks from the House majority and the Tea Party, over the last four years federal wages have lagged far behind the private sector and have even failed to keep up with the rate of inflation.”

Federal employee unions and associations have expressed support for the legislation, although the bill stands little chance of passing the House of Representatives.

Original cosponsors of the legislation, all Democrats, include Reps. Jim Moran (VA-8), Elijah Cummings (MD-7), John Tierney (MA-6), Matt Cartwright (PA-17), Michelle Lujan Grisham (NM-1), Stephen Lynch (MA-8), Dutch Ruppersberger (MD-2), Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-DC), and Chris Van Hollen (MD-8).

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