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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.

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