Obama To Propose One Percent Pay Raise For Federal Workers | WAMU 88.5 - American University Radio

WAMU 88.5 : News

Filed Under:

Obama To Propose One Percent Pay Raise For Federal Workers

Play associated audio

President Obama is expected to include a one percent pay increase for federal workers in his annual budget, a proposal that is receiving mixed reactions.

Federal workers have faced furloughs and pay freezes in recent years. While a one percent pay raise beats that, Northern Virginia Democratic Congressman Gerry Connolly says it's still not what the federal workforce needs.

"One percent is a symbolic proposal, but not a particularly effective one if you're trying to help federal employees catch up with what they've lost these last three years," he says.

But with the nation saddled with more than $17 trillion of debt, Virginia Democratic Senator Mark Warner says the modest increase is reasonable.

"I'd like to see ways that we could do more, but I also recognize, when we're looking at a few months ago of government shutdown and furlough, we've made progress. But it still begs the bigger question, which says, you know, we've simply continued to postpone the inevitable day of reckoning if we don't get a big bargain in the budget," he says.

The White House plans to release the president's budget on Tuesday.

NPR

Music To Keep You On The Edge Of Your Seat

Conductor John Mauceri's latest album is filled with renditions of the most-chilling music from Alfred Hitchcock's films. He talks with NPR's Scott Simon.
NPR

Tracing A Gin-Soaked Trail In London

Around the world, new gin distilleries are popping up like mushrooms after a rain. NPR traces the boom to its historic roots in London, which once had 250 distilleries within the city limits alone.
NPR

Ballot Questions Draw Voters In 43 States

Ballot measures cover a lot of ground this year — from minimum wage to school calendars to one involving doughnuts and bear hunting. NPR's Charlie Mahtesian takes NPR's Scott Simon through the list.
NPR

Tech Week: Voice Mail Hang-Ups, Apple Pay And Zuckerberg's Chinese

In this week's roundup, Apple rolls out its mobile payment system but confronts a security test in China, the problem with voice mail messages and Mark Zuckerberg shows off his Mandarin.

Leave a Comment

Help keep the conversation civil. Please refer to our Terms of Use and Code of Conduct before posting your comments.