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Letter

Sending Office: Honorable Gerald E. Connolly
Sent By:
Kristine.Lam@mail.house.gov

        Request for Signature(s)

 

Support a Pay Raise for Federal Civilian Employees in FY21 Appropriations

Deadline: COB March 17, 2020

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Dear Colleague:

I invite you to join me on a letter to the Financial Services and General Government Appropriations Subcommittee requesting a 3.5 percent pay raise for all federal employees for calendar year 2021.

Last month, President Trump sent a letter to Congress announcing that as part of the Fiscal Year 2021 budget proposal, he intends to cut a scheduled pay raise for civilian federal employees to just one percent. Unless Congress acts to override the President,
federal civilian pay will remain essentially stagnant while the cost of living continues to increase. Since 2011, federal employees have contributed nearly $200 billion to deficit reduction. They have had to endure government shutdowns, pay freezes, hiring
freezes, and lost pay as a result of sequestration-related furloughs. For the last ten years, Congress has failed to enact an increase to basic pay for federal employees that matches the amount called for in statute (5 U.S. Code §?5303). It is only because
of Congress’ action in the recent end of year government funding deal that federal employee basic pay will keep up with inflation for just the second time in a decade.

Please contact Kristine Lam in my office at
Kristine.Lam@mail.house.gov
for any additional information.

Sincerely,

Gerald E. Connolly

Member of Congress

 

Letter:

 

Dear Chairman Quigley and Ranking Member Graves:

As you prepare the Fiscal Year 2021 Financial Services and General Government appropriations bill, we respectfully request that you include a 3.5 percent pay raise for federal employees.

On February 10, 2020, the President sent a letter to Congress announcing that as part of his Fiscal Year 2021 budget proposal, he intends to cut a scheduled pay raise for civilian federal employees to just one percent. This amount is less than the White
House’s proposed three percent pay increase for members of the military. Unless Congress acts to override the President’s proposed cut for federal employees, federal civilian employee pay will remain essentially stagnant while the cost of living continues
to increase.

Every day, both in the United States and around the world, thousands of dedicated career civil servants work on behalf of the American people, carrying out the complex and vital duties of the federal government. These are the men and women who inspect the
airplanes we fly on with our families, who go aboard to support diplomatic and military missions, who manage our pandemic response operations, and who serve in law enforcement to keep us safe. These hardworking federal employees live and serve in communities
across America, and they deserve our gratitude.

Last year, more than 800,000 federal employees endured the longest government shutdown in history. For 35 days, many of them worked without receiving a paycheck, while others were willing to work but were unable to do so because they were furloughed by their
agencies.

Despite their public service, federal employees are often vilified, and their compensation is always unfairly on the chopping block during budget season. Since 2011, federal employees have contributed nearly $200 billion to deficit reduction. They have had
to endure government shutdowns, pay freezes, hiring freezes, and lost pay as a result of sequestration-related furloughs.
For the last ten years, Congress has failed to enact an increase to basic pay for federal employees that matches the amount called for in statute (5 U.S. Code §?5303). Thanks to the recent end of year government funding deal, this year
will be just the second time in a decade in which the adjustment to federal employee basic pay will keep up with inflation.

Federal civil servants are people like all others in the workforce. They have families to care for and bills to pay. Nearly 85 percent of federal employees live outside of the D.C. region, and one in three federal civilian employees are veterans. Nonetheless,
more than 900,000 federal employees make less than $60,000 per year, often living paycheck to paycheck with no end in sight.

This pattern of underinvestment in our federal workforce is not sustainable. With almost a third of the federal workforce eligible to retire in five years, we will face a talent crisis if we fail to make basic investments in the human capital of the federal
government.

Our nation’s dedicated civil servants deserve respect and fair compensation. We ask that you provide a pay increase of 3.5 percent for all federal employees in the FY2021 Financial Services and General Government appropriations bill. We believe this level
would constitute a critical and timely investment in the recruitment and retention of an effective federal workforce.

Sincerely,

 

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