The Vice President is Poised to Get a Raise This Year
- Author: Rogelio Becker Jan 07, 2019,
Jan 07, 2019, 0:21
While 800,000 federal workers are now either working without pay or furloughed and not entitled to retroactive pay, President Donald Trump's top appointees as well as Vice President Mike Pence are scheduled to get pay raises averaging about $10,000 per year on Saturday-and the shutdown is to blame for the glaring inequity.
President Donald Trump had said at a press conference on Friday that he was considering asking top officials, including cabinet secretaries, to forgo the raises. Cabinet secretaries will see their compensation rise from $199,700 to $210,700 per year, also a 5.5% increase.
Pence's pay was scheduled get a $13,500 raise to $243,500.
The group's executive director, Jason Briefel, called the freeze a "politically driven policy that over time makes it harder to bring good folks to government" and said extending it is detrimental to hiring top talent.
"Congress can easily take care of this by funding the government and securing our borders".
Even though the pay for these positions has been frozen since 2013, the pay raise is not one that is likely to be politically popular, especially since a pay freeze was formalized for federal employees in the midst of an ongoing partial government shutdown that has disrupted their paychecks. Federal workers were expecting to receive a 2.1 percent across-the-board pay raise this year.
White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders later said the administration was "exploring options to prevent this from being implemented while some federal workers are furloughed" and described the situation as "another unnecessary byproduct of the shutdown".
The White House and a spokesperson for the vice president did not respond to requests for comment from the Post.
House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer, a Democrat, also called on Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell to hold a vote on the measures passed by the House Thursday night to re-open the government and provide back pay to those affected by the shutdown. The House and Senate passed a new stopgap funding bill without the funding he sought by December 21, but the president refused to sign the legislation.
The memo notes the pay freeze would therefore end effectively on Saturday if no legislative action occurs.
Vice President Pence and other Trump Administration officials are getting a $10,000 raise.
Trump previously froze pay for all federal workers in 2019 apart from the military.