Rep. Wexton Co-Sponsors Bill to Raise Pay for Civilian Federal Employees

January 31, 2019
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Rep. Wexton co-sponsored a bill to raise pay for civilian federal workers, following President Trump's announcement that federal employees would see a pay freeze in 2019. The bill, led by fellow Virginia Congressman Gerry Connolly (D-VA), would increase pay for 2019 by 2.6%, equal to wage increases announced by the Trump administration for military servicemembers.

The effort to raise civilian federal employee pay comes just days after the end of the longest shutdown in history.

Rep. Wexton delivered comments on the bill on the House floor, saying, "Federal employees are not the swamp, as some would have you believe. Federal employees are the people who make sure your Social Security check gets mailed on time each month. They are scientists researching cures for cancer. They are tour guides in our national parks, FBI agents investigating criminal activity, and air traffic controllers and TSA agents keeping us safe when we fly."

"We saw during the shutdown how important every dollar of every paycheck is for federal employees to pay their bills and mortgages, afford childcare and college funds, pay off student loans, and, yes, even to feed their families. It's time to give federal employees the pay raise and the respect they deserve."

Read more about the bill here.