WASHINGTON, D.C.—After many federal workers endured a 35-day shutdown without pay, the House voted yesterday to raise federal wages by 2.6 percent. This is the same raise that members of the military are already receiving for 2019 and reverses President Donald Trump’s Executive Order freezing pay for civilian federal workers. The Senate must now act on the Federal Civilian Workforce Pay Raise Fairness Act of 2019. Delegate Gregorio Kilili Camacho Kilili Sablan (Ind-MP) is a cosponsor of the Act and presided over much of the debate on the bill in the House.
“All of us who watched TSA inspectors and CBP agents dutifully going to work without pay to keep the airport open or know federal employees stuck at home throughout the long shutdown, have a new respect and appreciation for these federal workers and the jobs they do,” Sablan said.
“Adding insult to injury the President cancelled the across-the-board 2.1-percent pay increase that was supposed to take effect this month,” Sablan said.
The President also cancelled the annual increase in locality pay for workers who live in more expensive areas of the country. Trump called the increases “inappropriate.”
The Federal Civilian Workforce Pay Raise Fairness Act of 2019 cancels the President’s action and provides the 2.6-percent salary increase to all federal employees, not just those hurt by the shutdown. (PR)