Obama signs order for 1 percent federal pay raises in 2014

HONOLULU Mon Dec 23, 2013 3:52pm EST

U.S. President Barack Obama reacts to a question during his year-end news conference in the White House briefing room in Washington, December 20, 2013. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst

U.S. President Barack Obama reacts to a question during his year-end news conference in the White House briefing room in Washington, December 20, 2013.

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HONOLULU (Reuters) - President Barack Obama on Monday signed an executive order setting federal civilian and military pay scales for 2014, and including the first raise for civilian workers in four years.

Military and civilian employees will get a 1 percent raise in the new year, consistent with the level laid out in Obama's budget proposal from earlier in the year.

The order had to be signed before January 1 to allow federal agencies to update their pay systems for the new year.

Federal civilian workers have had their pay frozen for three years. Military employees have received a salary increase each year that Obama has been in office, the White House said.

(Reporting by Ros Krasny; Editing by Gary Hill)

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TJersey wrote:
Bravo! A raise, well deserved. Too bad it couldn’t be greater than just 1 percent, but something is better than nothing. Baby steps.

Dec 23, 2013 4:47pm EST  --  Report as abuse
TJersey wrote:
Bravo! A raise, well deserved. Too bad it couldn’t be greater than just 1 percent, but something is better than nothing. Baby steps.

Dec 23, 2013 4:47pm EST  --  Report as abuse
I am eagerly awaiting to see how this is going to be spun by teabaggers into something bad.

Whatever the claim is, I’m sure it will discount the fact that a vast majority of government employees do not make a lot of much money, so that extra 1% of income will more than likely be going directly back into the economy in the form of food, energy, shelter, etc.

Dec 23, 2013 5:05pm EST  --  Report as abuse
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