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Bill With 2 Percent Pay Raise Awaits Obama's Signature

Bill With 2 Percent Pay Raise Awaits Obama's Signature

Amelia Gruber | Government Executive via YellowBrix

December 14, 2009

The Senate on Sunday passed a catchall spending bill that includes a 2 percent pay raise for civilian federal employees in 2010.

That figure is in keeping with President Obama’s request, but contrary to his Nov. 30 proposal to freeze locality pay, a portion of the raise would vary depending on costs of labor where employees are based. Lawmakers granted civilians a 1.5 percent increase in base pay and a 0.5 percent boost in locality pay.

The fiscal 2010 omnibus spending bill now heads to Obama’s desk.

Congress has yet to complete the Defense appropriations measure, but it appears likely military members will receive a higher raise than civilians for the first time in recent years. The fiscal 2010 Defense authorization bill, signed into law in October, included a 3.4 percent pay hike for service members, a figure even more generous than Obama’s 2.9 percent request for the military.

House Majority Leader Rep. Steny Hoyer, D-Md., has said administration officials have assured him pay parity between civilians and members of the military will resume in 2011.


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    BigSarge

    almost 6 years ago

    66 comments

    With my ins going up in Jan 2010 5% give or take it will still feel like nothing. I don't get local pay and I won't see it until june 2010.

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    islandfocus2

    about 5 years ago

    6 comments

    I'm still waiting for the 2010 GS Payscale

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    DETFIVEO

    about 5 years ago

    2 comments

    rcobl, unfortunately we cannot seperate the men & woman in uniform who sit at a desk next to you from those in the battle field. However, those men and women I'm sure paid their dues long ago while you were still sitting at a desk. Let them get their 3.4% as back pay for their years of sacrifice.

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    ldo4cno

    about 5 years ago

    2 comments

    Good thing we live in a democracy. You do have a choice. You can volunteer to enter military service and go in harm's way, separating from family and friends; or you can do like the rest of us and suck it up. For what out military men and women do for this country, I feel we owe them much more than 3.4%. Just be happy with what we are receiving. There are those on Social Security or federal retirement who will receive nothing this year, and they will have to make due with what they receive even though the cost of living is increasing.

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    rccobl

    about 5 years ago

    4 comments

    2% may be better than nothing but it is not as much as the military green-suiters are getting, 3.4%. I work daily for the Army as a civilian, doing the job of an Active Duty CPT and getting paid less than an Active Duty SGT. This administration doesn't appreciate the work its employees are doing for the safety and defense of the nation. I can understand there are unemployed and that there are a larger number of them, however, daily I get emails from jobsites with available positions all over the nation. Hundreds of federal and state jobs in Oklahoma alone. there are jobs available, so using the excuse about those without doesn't wash. we are a capitalist society. If socialism is what people want then they can move elsewhere. All shouldn't suffer because of the few. We should reach out and help them, but why punish those who work hard and still have jobs. Utility bills, gas prices, and consumer products are still increasing in cost. So should the pay of those who work side by side with the ones getting the 3.4% increase. the adminsitration is sending a message that what I and my fellow civilian service members are doing isn't as important as the guy sitting in the office next to mine who, because he wore his uniform to work is.

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    Account Removed

    about 5 years ago

    2% is better than nothing. Think of all the millions of unemployed who have run out of unemployment benefits. They have nothing.

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