WAMU 88.5 : News

Filed Under:

With Federal Wage Hike, What Are Local Lawmakers Really Up To?

Play associated audio
Local lawmakers are pushing a 3 percent pay hike for federal workers. Are they just buttering up voters?
http://www.flickr.com/photos/76657755@N04/8125974243/
Local lawmakers are pushing a 3 percent pay hike for federal workers. Are they just buttering up voters?

This week, some lawmakers in the region introduced legislation to give federal workers a boost in pay.

It's no secret why lawmakers from Maryland and Virginia are pushing a plan to bump federal workers' pay by 3.3 percent: Many of their voters are in the federal workforce. Easy enough. But even the president is only asking for a 1 percent hike. So are these local lawmakers just trying to appease their base?

Northern Virginia Democratic Congressman Gerry Connolly says not at all. "The fact that the president has included a 1 percent increase doesn't foreclose the possibility of considering something higher and more equitable," he says.

Connolly adds that it's important for lawmakers in the region to keep pressure up now, so that it becomes easier to pass a higher pay raise later. "And the fact that the climate is a hostile climate, at least on the majority side of the House, again, ought not to deter us from trying to lay down that marker in the hopes that people will rally to that principle over some period of time," he says.

The proposal is also sponsored by Democrats Jim Moran of Virginia and Elijah Cummings of Maryland.

NPR

Robert Irwin Brings 'Big' To Texas With Permanent Art Installation

The 87-year-old conceptual artist unveils a large-scale installation of his work in Marfa, Texas, this week. He's spent his career creating site-specific art that often treats light as its subject.
NPR

Scraped, Splattered — But Silent No More. Finally, The Dinner Plate Gets Its Say

Instagram is the Internet's semi-obsessive, borderline-creepy love letter to food. But behind every great meal is a plate doing a pretty-OK job. So a comedian made an Instagram to celebrate plates.
NPR

WATCH: Tim Kaine Makes Campaign Trail Debut: 'I Like To Fight For Right'

"Do you want a 'you're fired' president or a 'you're hired' president?" Kaine asked the crowd in Miami.
NPR

Making The Cloud Green: Tech Firms Push For Renewable Energy Sources

Few people can demand what kind of electricity they get. But Microsoft and Facebook, which operate huge, power-hungry data centers, are trying to green up the electricity grid with their buying power.

Leave a Comment

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