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Congresswoman Barbara Comstock

Representing the 10th District of Virginia

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Update on Federal Employee pay raise issue

September 8, 2018
Press Release

Since August 30th when the Administration announced a proposed pay freeze for civilian federal employees in 2019, I have worked to reverse that course of action and I wanted to update you on our results.

As you know, I strongly oppose a pay freeze and I am committed to providing the pay increases that our dedicated federal employees have earned and are entitled to.  This year we already provided the largest pay increase to our troops in almost a decade and we can and should provide our civilian employees with similar support.   

First, I contacted White House staff immediately last week and let them know of my strong opposition and relayed my concerns about how this negatively impacted our quality federal workforce in the letter linked below to the President on August 31st.  I was the first Member of Congress in the local delegation to weigh in on my opposition to this proposal.

Second, I worked with the Chairman and Subcommittee Chairman of Appropriations to make sure that our appropriations process this month will maintain the pay raise.   I am pleased to report that they are supportive of maintaining the pay raise also.  Rep. Scott Taylor, a Virginia  Member of Congress on the Appropriations Committee also joined us with a commitment to support the pay increase and oppose any freeze and we have worked together to rally broad bipartisan support for the pay raise.   We all have weighed in strongly with our leadership on the importance of these scheduled pay raises also. 

Throughout this process we have worked closely with NARFE, the National Active and Retired Federal Employees Association, to make sure all of my colleagues in Congress are hearing from the broad population of federal employees around the country.  While our region has the largest number of federal employees, there is still a large number of federal employees around the country since only 1 in 6 federal employees actually live in our region. 

As of this date, we have been informed that the President is reportedly reconsidering this decision.  I will continue to work with my colleagues as we build a coalition to restore a deserved pay increase for our dedicated civil servants and update you on our progress.  Our public servants have been getting shortchanged for years; including three years of pay freezes under the Obama Administration.  The important work of our government requires well compensated professionals who know we support their important missions whether they be supporting our military and national security in civilian capacity or finding new cures and treatments for diseases, or prosecuting crime in our communities, or the many other important jobs of  our civilian workforce. 

You can read my August 31st letter to the President here.