Today, the Senate Appropriations Committee approved the Department of Defense spending bill for FY 2019. The committee report accompanying the bill states that “Section 749 of the Senate version of the Financial Services and General Government [FSGG] Appropriations bill (S. 3107), as reported on June 21, 2018, included a pay increase for civilian Federal employees of 1.9 percent in calendar year 2019. The Committee supports this government-wide provision…”
In addition, Senator Chris Van Hollen (D-MD) engaged in a colloquy with Senator Richard Shelby (R-AL), Chair of the Senate Appropriations Committee, at the committee business meeting about the civilian, federal employee pay increase. Senator Van Hollen asked to work with the Chairman to ensure that if the FSGG bill is not enacted before January 1, 2019, then they would work to ensure that the civilian pay increase is added to another bill that is moving through Congress. Chairman Shelby said that he is committed to working with Senator Van Hollen to make sure this happens.
As you know, NTEU has advocated on Capitol Hill given the combination of pay freezes and meager pay raises in recent years, and a robust economy, for Congress to reassert its pay-setting role and to provide a January 2019 pay increase, despite the President’s call for a pay freeze. NTEU is pleased that the FSGG bill provides an average pay increase of 1.9% for 2019, comprised of a 1.4 % across-the-board pay increase and 0.5 % for increases to locality pay rates (rates vary by specific locality pay area).
As the FSGG spending bill moves to the full House and Senate for consideration, NTEU will continue the fight to secure a pay increase for 2019, whether on the FSGG bill or another bill.