Press Release ● Federal Employees
For Immediate Release: 
December 21, 2006
Contact Info: 
Stacey Farnen Bernards

WASHINGTON, DC – House Democratic Whip Steny H. Hoyer (MD) released the following statement today following the announcement by the White House that the FY07 pay increase for federal employees would only be 2.2%:

“Today’s announcement, while disappointing, is not a surprise.  Unfortunately, the failure of the 109th Congress to pass all but two spending bills for fiscal year 2007 has given the administration the opportunity to mandate the lowest annual raise in almost 20 years.  Had the Republican-led Congress completed work on the Transportation, Treasury bill, federal employees would be receiving an average raise of 2.7 percent in 2007, not 2.2 percent.  This illustrates once again that when the legislative branch fails to use the power of the purse strings as the Constitution provides, the executive branch fills the vacuum.”