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Shutdown-Avoiding Spending Package Includes 1.9 Percent Pay Raise for 2019

February 13, 2019 / Erich Wagner

Congress is poised to override President Trump’s decision last year to freeze federal civilian pay in 2019, according to House leaders. A spending deal between House and Senate appropriators released late Wednesday provided a 1.9 percent across-the-board raise to federal workers this year, the same amount agreed to last year before negotiations broke down over Trump’s demand for $5.7 billion in funding for a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border. Trump’s refusal then to sign onto a short-term continuing resolution triggered a 35-day partial government shutdown.