House Dems propose 3.1 percent pay hike for federal workers

House Dems propose 3.1 percent pay hike for federal workers
© Greg Nash

House Democrats are proposing a 3.1 percent pay hike for federal workers in 2020. 

The raise was included in the draft appropriations bill covering financial services and general government, which is expected to advance through a subcommittee hearing on Monday and advance to the House floor later in the month.

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President TrumpDonald TrumpRealClearPolitics reporter says Freedom Caucus shows how much GOP changed under Trump Jake Ellzey defeats Trump-backed candidate in Texas House runoff DOJ declines to back Mo Brooks's defense against Swalwell's Capitol riot lawsuit MORE blocked a scheduled 2.1 percent increase in pay to federal workers last year, in an order that froze federal pay. He later agreed to a 1.9 percent increase in federal pay that was included in a spending package passed by Congress. 

The draft bill with the pay hike for federal workers would add $1.4 billion in new federal spending.

It also provides more money to the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) for tax enforcement, increases funding for offices combating financial crimes and terrorism funding and funds election security grants.

“The bill provides increased funding so consumers can receive safe, quality products, small businesses can access the training and resources needed to succeed, and disadvantaged communities can achieve economic growth," said House Appropriations Committee Chairwoman Nita LoweyNita Sue LoweyLobbying world Progressives fight for leverage amid ever-slimming majority Biden needs to tear down bureaucratic walls and refocus Middle East programs MORE (D-N.Y.). 

"Additionally, the bill provides a significant increase in funding to improve election security and integrity, because our democracy belongs in the hands of American voters – not in the clutches of foreign powers.”

The bill also strips out riders that had been included on previous bills dealing with the District of Columbia. Those riders blocked local funds from being used for abortion, legalizing marijuana and needle exchange programs.