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Lawmakers Revive Push for 3% Federal Worker Pay Raise

Rep. Gerry Connolly (D-Virginia) and Sen. Brian Schatz (D-Hawaii) have reintroduced a bill that seeks to increase the salary of federal civilian employees by 3 percent in 2019.

The Federal Adjustment of Income Rates Act is cosponsored by House Minority Whip Steny Hoyer (D-Maryland) and 23 other House lawmakers, according to an article published Friday on Connolly’s website.

Connolly said the bill aims to provide a “just” and “fair” compensation rate that would recognize the contributions of the federal workforce.

Schatz added that FAIR Act would help make up for the impacts of furloughs, sequestration and pay freezes on public servants in recent years.

Twenty organizations representing current and retired federal employees and military veterans support the bill.

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