Despite President Trump’s attempts to freeze pay increases for non-military federal employees in 2019, a raise could still be on the table for all federal workers.
A Capitol Hill source close to the discussions confirmed to FOX Business on Thursday that congressional Republicans had tentatively agreed to a 1.9 percent increase in wages for all 2 million civilian federal workers, as first reported by The Washington Post.
In a statement released Thursday afternoon, Republican Congresswoman Barbara Comstock from Virginia, who fought for the wage increase, echoed that sentiment.
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“I am pleased that an agreement has been reached to provide our federal employees with the raises they have earned and deserve,” Comstock wrote. “With our strong, booming economy, it is essential that we keep our federal salaries competitive so we attract the talent in the civilian workforce that is needed for our national security, homeland security, law enforcement, and medical research jobs and more.”
However, a separate source cautioned that no deal has been finalized and negotiations are ongoing.
The deal could potentially lift a freeze on wages for members of the president’s cabinet and Vice President Mike Pence as well, the Post reported.