At the start of the Labor Day weekend, President Obama proposed Friday to raise the pay of civilian federal employees by 1 percent, which would end a three-year freeze on their wages.
The president also proposed to raise the monthly basic pay for military service members by 1 percent.
In a letter to congressional leaders, Mr. Obama said civilian federal employees â€œhave already made significant sacrificesâ€ due to the pay freeze. He said he is balancing that consideration with the reality that â€œwe must maintain efforts to keep our nation on a sustainable fiscal course.â€
Lawmakers have not shown much appetite for raising federal employeesâ€™ wages, despite Mr. Obamaâ€™s repeated proposals to do so. The spending bills in the Republican-led House for fiscal 2014 donâ€™t contain any money for civilian pay raises.
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