Conference Committee Make-Up Could Favor Giving Feds a Pay Raise in 2019

Government Executive: As lawmakers on Capitol Hill negotiate what should be included in a minibus spending package for the Interior and Environment, Agriculture, Financial Services and other agencies beginning this week, they appear to be facing a close decision on whether civilian federal employees should receive a raise next year.

Last week, the House agreed by voice vote to send the $154.2 billion spending package (H.R. 6147), which also includes general government agencies, to conference. One of the differences between the House and Senate versions of the bill that must be ironed out is whether to provide federal workers with a 1.9 percent pay increase in 2019, or whether to effectively endorse President Trump’s planned pay freeze.

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