Congressman Gerry Connolly (D-VA) and Senator Brian Schatz (D-HI) reintroduced the Federal Adjustment of Income Rates (FAIR) Act last week, which would provide federal employees a 3.5 percent pay increase in 2021. Connolly and Schatz introduced similar legislation last year and in the 115th Congress.
Early last year, Connolly introduced legislation (H.R. 790) to ensure federal employees would receive the same 2.6 pay increase for calendar year 2019 that was provided to members of the military for that calendar year. The bill passed the House but the Senate did not take any action. Connolly and Schatz later introduced H.R. 1073 to provide federal employees with a 3.6% pay increase for calendar year 2020. In December, Connolly and Schatz sought to ensure the inclusion if a provision in 2020 fiscal year Appropriations Act providing federal employees with a 3.1 percent pay raise in 2020.
“We fought hard for several consequential victories last year, but our work on behalf of our dedicated federal workforce is never finished,” said Connolly. “After years of pay freezes, furloughs, and Trump Shutdowns, federal employees understand better than most that we simply cannot let our guard down while this president is in the White House. The FAIR Act is much-needed, and well-deserved, recognition of our government’s greatest asset — its public servants.”
“Whether they manage fisheries for NOAA or care for our veterans at VA hospitals, federal workers in every part of this country and around the world protect and serve the American people,” said Senator Schatz. “This legislation allows us to right the wrongs from furloughs, sequestration, and pay freezes by giving these hardworking public servants the raise they deserve.”
Employee Groups Supports 3.5% Pay Raise in 2021
AFGE is urging Congress “to do the right thing” and give federal employees a 3.5% pay adjustment next year.
“Federal agencies must be able to pay market wages and salaries to recruit and retain a high-quality federal workforce, and that workforce deserves a pay raise that allows them to take care of themselves and their families,” said AFGE National Secretary-Treasurer Everett Kelley.
The National Treasury Employees Union also endorsed the pay raise legislation. “Sen. Schatz and Rep. Connolly have been advocates, year in and year out, of helping our nation’s civil servants be able to pay their bills, invest in their children’s education and save for retirement,” said NTEU National President Tony Reardon. “Our members will be fully engaged in the effort to pass this bill into law and give federal employees the ability to keep doing what they love: serving the public.”
In addition to Connolly and Schatz, the FAIR Act is cosponsored by: Majority Leader Steny Hoyer (D-MD), Rep. Don Beyer (D-VA), Rep. Alan Lowenthal (D-CA), Rep. Stephen Lynch (D-MA), Rep. John Sarbanes (D-MD), Rep. Ro Khanna (D-CA), Rep. Jan Schakowsky (D-IL), Rep. Jennifer Wexton (D-VA), Rep. Gwen Moore (D-WI), Rep. Mark Pocan (D-WI), Rep. Anthony Brown (D-MD), Rep. Jamie Raskin (D-MD), Rep. David Price (D-NC), and Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-DC).
Full text of the legislation can be found here.