Update on Government Funding for Fiscal Year 2019 and Employee Pay

Formal conferences were held this week to resolve differences between the House and Senate minibus II, which contains the Senate-passed 1.9% pay increase for January.

114th United States Congress
114th United States Congress

As you know, Congress has been working in recent months to pass FY19 appropriations bills in small groups, each called a “minibus,” after President Trump expressed displeasure in the spring at signing an omnibus appropriations bill, consisting of all 12 delayed FY18 bills, and stated that he would never do that again. As of today, both the Senate and House have passed the so-called minibus I, H.R. 5895, consisting of full year funding for the Energy and Water, Legislative Branch, and Military Construction and Veterans Affairs funding measures. The President is expected to sign the bill. Continue reading “Update on Government Funding for Fiscal Year 2019 and Employee Pay”

Update on Government Funding for Fiscal Year 2019

Congress is working to pass nine of the 12 appropriations bills before the end of the fiscal year, including the bill impacting federal employee pay, but challenges remain.

The House of Representatives (Jan. 3 file photo).With the start of the 2019 Fiscal Year (FY) only a few weeks away, Congress has been actively working on appropriations bills, passing them in small groups, each called a “minibus,” after President Trump expressed displeasure in the spring at signing an omnibus appropriations bill, consisting of all 12 delayed FY18 bills, and stated that he would never do that again. Continue reading “Update on Government Funding for Fiscal Year 2019”

Members of Congress Send Letters in Support of Fiscal Year 2019 Pay Increase

161 Members of Congress send a letter supporting a pay increase for federal workers in 2019.

Representative Jamie Raskin (D-MD)
Representative Jamie Raskin (D-MD)

On Friday, I notified you that several Members of Congress had sent letters to the President or House and Senate leaders in support of a pay increase for federal workers for 2019. These letters, spurred by the President’s letter in August that formally implements the January 2019 federal employee pay freeze, were led by Representative Gerry Connolly (D-VA), Representative Scott Taylor (R-VA), and Representative Jamie Raskin (D-MD). However, the Representative Raskin letter, with 161 signatures and sent to House and Senate leadership asking them to support the Senate-passed 1.9 percent pay increase, was not yet available. Here it is. Continue reading “Members of Congress Send Letters in Support of Fiscal Year 2019 Pay Increase”