Hoyer Applauds Inclusion of Pay Parity in FY07 Budget, Says Dangerous Gap Still Exists with Private Sector

WASHINGTON, DC - Democratic Whip Steny Hoyer (MD) released the following statement concerning the Bush administration’s proposed 2.2% pay increase next year for both military personnel and civilian federal employees:

    “I regard today as a milestone in the Federal government’s pay annual adjustment practices for members of our armed services and our Federal civilian workforce.  After five years in office, the Bush administration today finally proposed providing enough money in next year’s budget to give each sector the same average pay adjustment.

    “Providing the same average annual salary adjustments for uniformed personnel and federal civilian employees has enjoyed strong bipartisan support for several years because it is the only way, short of following the 1990 Federal Employee Pay Comparability Act, of preventing the vast compensation gap that exists between public and private sector salaries from widening.    

    “As pleased as I am that the administration has endorsed giving the two sectors the same increase, I am concerned that the administration’s proposed 2.2% increase for members of the military and Federal civilian workforce may be insufficient to meet the needs and challenges confronting our government in 2007.  If we are to recruit and retain the best and brightest women and men to serve in our uniformed and civilian sectors, we must do everything we can to make compensation competitive with the private sector.

    “In the weeks ahead, I intend to investigate the adequacy of next year’s proposed salary adjustment, consulting with respected members of the House Armed Services Committee, Government Reform Committee, as well as representatives of the military and federal civilian workforce.”

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