A 2019 Pay Raise Appears Likely, But Isn't a Done Deal

Government Executive: As congressional negotiators on Thursday discussed their progress in coming to an agreement on a $154.2 billion spending package, no lawmakers mentioned the dispute between the House and Senate over whether to give federal civilian employees a 1.9 percent pay raise next year.

But the prospects of a pay hike for federal workers are looking strong. After announcing a bipartisan deal to avert a government shutdown next month, congressional conferees suggested that most of the key outstanding issues in the appropriations "minibus" that would contain the pay raise involve so-called policy riders attached to the vehicle and not the raise itself.

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