Lawmakers Seeking 3.6% Raise for Federal Workers in 2020

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By on February 7, 2019 in Pay & Benefits with 0 Comments
Pink piggy bank next to four stacks of coins that get progressively taller going from left to right topped with wooden blocks that spell out '2020' depicting a 2020 pay raise, salary increase

Legislation was introduced today to give federal employees a 3.6% pay raise in 2020.

The bill is known as theĀ Federal Adjustment of Income Rates (FAIR) Act and was introduced in both the House (H.R. 1073) and Senate (S. 426) by Congressman Gerry Connolly (D-VA) and Senator Brian Schatz (D-HI), respectively.

The text of the House bill does not offer any indication as to how this figure was determined. It simply states, “…the rates of basic pay…shall be increased by 3.6 percent.”

As has become their annual tradition, the two lawmakers have teamed up again this year to advocate for a higher pay raise for federal workers beyond what often ends up materializing from Congress and/or the White House. Last year, for example, the duo’s legislative proposal sought a 3% pay raise in 2019. The year before, they wanted 3.2%, and in 2017, they wanted 5.3%.

None of those proposals came to fruition, however. In 2017, federal employees got a 2.1% raise, in 2018, it was 1.9%, and pay has been frozen for 2019 (so far at least).

Connolly and Schatz have also been advocating for a pay raise for 2019 having been behind bills that would give federal employees a 2.6% pay raise. As of the time of this writing, the House version had passed the House but the Senate version has not advanced (seeĀ No Retroactive Pay Raise Currently in the Works for details).

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