Federal Workers Could See 3.1 Percent Pay Raise In Bill Drafted By House Democrats

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In a new draft appropriations bill that covers financial services and general government, House Democrats included a proposed 3.1 percent pay raise for federal workers. If passed, the pay raise would come into effect in 2020.

According to The Hill, the bill is predicted to advance to the House floor later in June, after going through a subcommittee hearing on Monday.

The draft bill, details of which were published Sunday on the House Committee on Appropriations website, would add $1.4 billion in federal spending “to protect consumers, assist small businesses, invest in distressed communities, and ensure integrity of Federal elections.”

Aside from the pay raise, $12 billion would be given to the Internal Revenue Service for tax enforcement activities. The proposed legislation would also include funds for the government’s Financial Crimes Enforcement Network, with funds being allotted to help combat money laundering and terrorist financing.

Nearly $1 billion would be given to the Small Business Administration, which is $228.7 million above Trump’s budget request. The funds would be used for small business development centers, microloan technical assistance, and women’s business centers.

Last year, President Donald Trump blocked a scheduled 2.1 percent increase for federal workers — a scheduled pay increase that was part of the Federal Employees Pay Comparability Act. The raise would have affected 1.5 million federal employees.

Trump wrote a letter at the time which provided an explanation as to why the pay hike was blocked. “Federal agency budgets cannot sustain such increases,” Trump explained to congressional leadership. “I have determined that for 2019, both across‑the‑board pay increases and locality pay increases will be set at zero.”

Later in the year, the president agreed to a 1.9 percent pay increase, one which was included in a spending bill passed by Congress.

House Appropriations Subcommittee on Financial Services and General Government Chairman Mike Quigley explained that the draft bill would have far-ranging benefits for consumers, investors, and the U.S. government.

“Americans deserve a government that will invest in the long-term protection of consumers and investors, strengthen our national security, and promote entrepreneurship here at home. This year’s FSGG funding bill takes significant steps to accomplish each of those goals,” he said.

House Appropriations Committee Chairwoman Nita Lowey slammed the Trump administration in her comments on the bill proposal.

“This bill is about protecting hardworking American families and workers, who have been shortchanged by the Trump administration since day one,” Lowey said.

Also of note, the bill, available via House.gov, would do away with riders currently in place which ban local funds from being deployed in support of several controversial causes or services — including abortion services, needle exchange programs, and marijuana legalization.