Obama proposes federal pay hike after 3-year freeze

August 31, 2013

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 “have already made significant sacrifices” due to the pay freeze. He said he is balancing that consideration with the reality that “we must maintain efforts to keep our nation on a sustainable fiscal course.”

Lawmakers have not shown much appetite for raising federal employees’ wages, despite Mr. Obama’s repeated proposals to do so. The spending bills in the Republican-led House for fiscal 2014 don’t contain any money for civilian pay raises.

2 Comments - what are your thoughts?

  • David in MA says:

    First it’s cuts, then it’s increases…this jerk has no idea’s except chaos, bankruptcy and poverty~~~all to destroy America….What an azz this obammy is!

  • Morton Friedman says:

    Military, YES. Civilian, NO. He has already made a mockery of the civilian payscale with bonuses galore, some which are union contract mandates. Those union contracts should be abolished. The 1% for civilians is a mere sop, what it does though will be to increase the pension basis for future retirees.

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