Pay raises frozen for Pence, Cabinet secretaries while the shutdown lasts

Mike Pence and others get sweetheart pay raises while Trump stiffs federal workers report

Mike Pence and others get sweetheart pay raises while Trump stiffs federal workers: report

Vice President Mike Pence and other top Trump administration officials won't receive pay increases that were set to automatically trigger due to the government shutdown.

That means the pay raise will go into effect tomorrow unless Congress moves to extend the pay freeze for the officials in question. Deputy secretaries were entitled to a raise from $179,700 to $189,600. Under the provision, high-ranking officials would have their pay rates frozen, even though the federal schedule of pay raises would increase.

Those on the job and not being paid include airline security officers from the Transportation Security Administration, Federal Bureau of Investigation agents, and others.

About 800,000 federal workers are affected by the shutdown, which happened after Trump refused to approve government funding unless money to build a border wall was included.

The raises take effect on Jan, 5, during which time the government will remain in a partial shutdown leaving hundreds of thousands of workers without pay.

White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders had said earlier Friday that the administration was "aware of the issue" and "exploring options to prevent this from being implemented while some federal workers are furloughed".

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In 2013, Congress voted to impose a pay freeze on federal executives.

The government's Office of Personnel Management did not respond to a request for comment. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) also refused to hold a vote on the bill that the Republican-majority House passed in December, since the 60 votes needed in that body couldn't be guaranteed as no Democrats indicated support.

The pay freeze's expiration was discussed at length during a conference call Monday with officials at the Office of Management and Budget and the Office of Personnel Management, who are meeting regularly to discuss issues caused by the shutdown.

Vice President Mike Pence on Saturday met with representatives of Chuck Schumer, the top Democrat in the Republican-controlled Senate, as well as Nancy Pelosi, Speaker of the House of Representatives, which since last Thursday, January 3, is under Democratic control.

The memo notes the pay freeze would therefore end effectively on Saturday if no legislative action occurs.

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