Pay Raises Frozen For Pence, Cabinet Members Until Shutdown Is Over

Mike Pence and others get sweetheart pay raises while Trump stiffs federal workers report

Vice President Mike Pence and other top Trump administration officials won't receive pay increases that were set to automatically trigger due to the government shutdown.

The latest guidance on the pay raises was issued Friday in a memo from Margaret Weichert, the acting director of the Office of Personnel Management (OPM).

Trump had also told reporters at a press conference that he "might consider" asking cabinet secretaries and other top officials to forgo the raises. Under the provision, high-ranking officials would have their pay rates frozen, even though the federal schedule of pay raises would increase.

"Congress can easily take care of this by funding the government and securing our borders".

According to the the Washington Post, which first reported on the raises on Friday, officials are anxious about the appearance of granting raises to high-paid officials while lower-level federal workers struggle with finances.

Sarah Huckabee Sanders, the White House press secretary, later explained that 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" that she said could be remedied by Congress.

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However, the pay freeze has been an issue of dispute between Republicans and Democrats since at least October. Republicans offered to scrap the executive pay raise in return for agreeing to a 1.9 percent raise for civil servants.

With the two sides sticking to their positions, a quarter of the federal government has been closed for two weeks, leaving 800,000 public workers unpaid. Unless extended by new legislation, the pay freeze will end on the last day of the last pay period that begins in calendar year 2018 (i.e., January 5, 2019, for those on the standard biweekly payroll cycle).

The House Democrats have included a continuation of the freeze in their funding bill that passed Thursday, but that bill is not expected to go any further.

"Unless extended by new legislation, the pay freeze will end", Weichert wrote to department and agency heads on December 28.

Vice President Mike Pence won't be getting his scheduled pay raise on Sunday, the Washington Post reports.

Managing pay freezes and pay increases may be hard, anyway, because so many are not working, federal personnel executives said.

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