Published: Mon, January 07, 2019
Worldwide | By Jermaine Blake

The Vice President is Poised to Get a Raise This Year

The Vice President is Poised to Get a Raise This Year

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.

The White House and a spokesperson for the vice president did not respond to requests for comment from the Post.

"I call on Leader McConnell to allow the Senate to vote on the measures House Democrats passed last night to end the Trump shutdown, reopen government, and provide retroactive pay to those who have been forced to go without a paycheck as a result of the president's temper tantrum", Hoyer said in a statement.

The pay raise issue arose as Trump, Pence, and Congressional leaders met again on Friday to try to come to an agreement on a budget to end the partial shutdown, which is affecting about 25 percent of the federal government.

Meanwhile, almost 800,000 federal employees are in unpaid limbo, about 380,000 of them having been furloughed, as others continue to work without pay. According to a CNN correspondent, the president said he "might" consider killing the raise, but he did not commit to it.

With the two sides sticking to their positions, a quarter of the federal government has been closed for two weeks, leaving 800,000 public workers unpaid.

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Jared Kushner, Mr Trump's son-in-law and a senior adviser, also attended the meeting at the White House, along with Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen and new White House acting chief of staff Mick Mulvaney.

The raises would cost taxpayers US$300 million over 10 years, according to the Senior Executives Association, which represents the government's approximately 7,000 highest-paid career officials. The adjustments must be processed by each agency's human resources department, which depending on the agency, may not be staffed during the lapse.

"It looks like Trump has protected his own appointees, and everyone else gets screwed", Rep. Don Beyer, D-Va., whose northern Virginia district has 77,000 federal workers, said in an interview.

Without legislation, the pay freeze was set to expire and pay was set to jump automatically. He suggested the president fix the problem by immediately issuing an executive order canceling the raises.

The Washington Post first reported these impending raises for top officials.

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