Mariel Saez, 202-225-3130
WASHINGTON, DC - House Democratic Whip Steny H. Hoyer (MD) released the following statement today after President Obama signed an Executive Order to implement a one percent pay increase for civilian federal employees and uniformed personnel:
"This is a modest but important step by the President that recognizes that our civilian and uniformed personnel who serve the American people deserve a cost-of-living adjustment. In the case of federal civilian employees, this will be the first cost-of-living adjustment since 2010, and given that these hardworking public servants have already contributed nearly $114 billion toward deficit reduction and some were furloughed as a result of the shutdown and the sequester, it is long overdue. As the economy improves after the most serious downturn in decades, this increase is the right decision and correctly honors the concept of pay parity that I have long supported."