Congressman Alan Lowenthal (CA-47) today issued the following statement regarding his vote to pass the Federal Civilian Workforce Pay Raise Fairness Act. The legislation authorizes a 2.6 percent pay increase for federal civilian employees (not including Congress or independent agencies) for calendar year 2019. The bill would provide the pay raise to federal employees in the competitive and excepted services, prevailing wage or blue collar workers, members of the career Senior Executive Service, and employees in the scientific and senior level positions. The 2.6 percent raise matches the raise granted last year to military service members.
“Our federal workers have been subjected to years of stagnant wages, endured pay and hiring freezes, been required to make higher pension contributions, and suffered furloughs as a result of sequestration and government shutdowns--including the longest shutdown in our nation’s history. They deserve a modest pay increase to help offset the cost of inflation and to make up for years of freezes and negligible increases. We also need wages to remain competitive so that the government can recruit and retain highly qualified candidates to serve the American people. This small raise is deserved, it has been earned, and it has been too long coming.”