Our congressman Chuy García voiced support of the new fair pay act passed by the U.S. House of Representatives on Jan. 30 that ended the government shutdown and unpaid work days for some workers in the community.
H.R. 790, the Federal Civilian Workforce Pay Raise Fairness Act of 2019, will “end the pay freeze that Trump imposed for the last two years and provide these dedicated public servants with a modest 2.6 percent pay raise in 2019,” García said in the statement.
“Federal employees just endured the longest government shutdown in history. President Trump and Senator McConnell [of Virginia] held federal workers and their families hostage for 35 days,” he said. “Many of the 60,000 federal employees in my district continued working without a paycheck, while others were furloughed.”
Even before the shutdown, García said basic pay wage increases for federal workers have not been kept up to date with the higher number of cost of living. The enacted legislation will do just that and show more respect for the federal workers, in his eyes and those of several other congressmen who criticized the government for taking so long to open the government and address the pay issue.
The bill took a while to get passed in the House but passed Jan. 30. Now it’s on its way to vote in the Senate, though critics of the bill see a slim chance of it passing in the Senate. According to Skopos Labs, an automated predictive intelligence team made up of engineers, PhDs and machine learning researchers using data to determine hypotheses, the bill has only a three percent chance of passing.
“Our public civilian employees have dedicated their careers to serving the American people,” García concluded in the statement. “It’s time for us to show our appreciation by providing a raise that gives them financial security and allows them to provide for their families.”