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Congressman Brad Schneider

Representing the 10th District of Illinois

Schneider, Casten Introduce Bill to Prevent Pay Raises for Trump Administration Officials During Shutdown

January 11, 2019
Press Release
Senior Administration officials were set to receive $10,000 raise while more than 800,000 federal workers go without pay

Today, U.S. Representatives Brad Schneider (IL-10) and Sean Casten (IL-06) introduced legislation to block pay raises for senior Administration officials during a government shutdown.

Despite hundreds of thousands of federal employees currently working without pay or under furlough, $10,000 raises were set to go in to effect for senior administration officials, including Cabinet secretaries, deputy secretaries, top administrators, and Vice President Pence. After media attention, the Administration back-peddled and stated that the raises would be halted. However, the situation highlights the need to enact legislation barring political appointees from receiving raises while federal employees languish without pay.

“Federal workers are already bearing the brunt of President Trump’s shutdown. Doling out raises to political appointees in the Administration while working families go without pay just adds insult to injury,” said Schneider. “Our bill makes sure that senior staff are not rewarded with raises while the Administration’s inaction perpetuates a shutdown that keeps hard-working federal employees without pay.”

The idea that the President’s senior political staff would be handed a raise during a government shutdown when thousands of federal employees are not getting their deserved paychecks is insulting,” said Casten. “This bill ensures the President’s senior political appointees are not rewarded while hardworking public servants and others hurt by the shutdown are forced to worry about paying the mortgage and putting food on the table.”

Full text of H.R. 503, the No Political Pay Raises During Shutdown Act is available online.