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Published on March 27th, 2014 | by Editorial Staff


Members Of Congress Think Some Deserve A Pay Raise…

Just a month after the Pentagon has proposed cutting benefits to our troops and veterans, Democrats in Congress have proposed a bill that will raise federal pay in 2015 by 3.3%.  The authors of the bill, Congressmen Gerry Connolly of Virginia has been proposed because of his belief that federal workers deserve higher pay.  The notion that we must cut benefits of men and women in uniform and yet are proposing giving federal workers one of their largest increases in recent years is astounding, and it isn’t expected that Republicans will pass the bill.


A group of House Democrats plans to introduce a bill on Wednesday that would boost federal-worker pay by 3.3 percent next year.

Rep. Gerry Connolly (D-Va.), who crafted the legislation, said the proposal is overdue after a federal-employee salary freeze that lasted more than three years and the sequester-related furloughs that cut into the wages of some agencies’ workers.

Four other House Democrats, Jim Moran (Va.), Elijah Cummings (Md.), John Tierney (Mass.) and Matt Cartwright (Pa.), plan to cosponsor the bill.

In a joint statement on the measure, Connolly said House conservatives have “demonized and demoralized” the federal workforce, adding that his measure would “begin repairing the significant damage that has been wrought on our overworked, underpaid and underappreciated career civil service.”

The bill, which calls for a more generous salary increase than President Obama proposed for federal workers next year, has little chance of garnering widespread Republican support. The White House’s 2015 budget plan requested a lower 1 percent pay raise for federal employees.

Obama froze federal pay rates for two years starting in 2011, and Congress extended the hold through 2013. Federal workers still received performance awards and higher compensation through promotions during that time.

The president in December ordered a 1 percent pay increase that kicked in this year, but inflation rose at a higher rate of 1.5 percent in 2013, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics’ consumer-price index.

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3 Responses to Members Of Congress Think Some Deserve A Pay Raise…

  1. William Norvell says:

    Just think its an election year, guess what Elijah Cummings I still will not vote for you.

  2. ChiefAeronca says:

    When military, veteran and retiree pay is restored, and adjusted fairly and consistent with the federal employees, then and only then, should Congress be considering any pay increases for those federal employees. The military personnel putting their life on the line, both at home and overseas, are in fact ‘federal employees.’ They are not bastard step-children to be treated as such. These fat-cat civilian federal employees are sitting behind their desks, collecting the big bucks, building their very comfortable retirements, while the veterans are being thrown to the curb, and the military retirees are being relegated to the ‘food stamp’ crowd. Having worked with and for a number of these federal employees, GS-11s, 12s, 13s and higher, while in the military, I do not believe their pay is this critical. If Congress was really serious about ‘cutting spending’, or ‘saving money’, they would cut their own pay by 3.3%. How about rolling back this year’s pay raise, then cut their pay by 3.3%. Consider that times over 500, at a minimum $125,000, mostly more than. Consider obama’s dog handler at $109,000+. Do you really think he needs a pay raise?

  3. Javier Esteva says:

    DemocRATs of course would cut pay and benefits of soldiers while giving themselves a raise. Yeah that’s fair and equitable. When hell freezes over! These politicians have their heads up their nether region again as usual.

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