Obama to propose 1% pay raise for federal workers, military

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Civilian federal employees saw their salaries go up for the first time in 2014 after having their pay frozen for three years straight.

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Copyright 2014 Reuters
Copyright 2014 Reuters

The White House said Feb. 24, that Obama plans to propose a 1% pay raise for federal workers once again in 2015 -- the second year in a row of salary hikes. The president would also propose a 1% raise for soldiers. Obama's budget for 2015 is set to come out Mar. 4.

President Obama signed an executive order Dec. 23 to give civilian federal workers a 1% pay raise in 2014, as he had earlier proposed. Congress didn't get a salary raise, although employees in senior positions would. The order also gave military employees a 1% raise.

Advocates of military families had condemned the proposal by the Obama Administration to limit pay raises for U.S. soldiers to 1% in 2014 -- the lowest raise since 1963. The White House says the reduction is necessary due to budget cuts and Congress' refusal to cut spending on a weapons system.

Members of Congress--general senators and representatives--make $174,000 a year, which adjusted for inflation is the lowest salary level since Dec. 1990. Congressional salaries haven't been raised since 2009.

Members of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee sent a request to the GAO on April 21, 2013, asking the office to determine whether the current GS pay scale is a "modern, effective classification system."

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