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As Spending Talks Break Down, a Pay Raise for Feds Hangs in the Balance

December 13, 2018 / Erich Wagner

With eight days remaining until a deadline for lawmakers to avert a partial government shutdown, one issue facing all federal workers remains unsettled: a pay raise. Congress and President Trump have until Dec. 21 to agree to a deal on seven appropriations bills, which include funding for the Transportation, Housing and Urban Development, State, Interior, Agriculture,  Treasury, Commerce, Homeland Security, and Justice departments. The spending package will also mark the last chance for lawmakers to overrule Trump’s plan to institute a pay freeze for civilian federal employees in 2019.