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Congressman Cleaver Celebrates House Passage of the Federal Civilian Workforce Pay Raise Fairness Act of 2019

Jan 31, 2019
Press Release

(Washington, D.C.) – Congressman Emanuel Cleaver, II was proud to cosponsor and support the passage of H.R. 790, the Federal Civilian Workforce Pay Raise Fairness Act of 2019, which the House of Representatives approved yesterday by a vote of 259-161. The legislation would provide federal employees with a 2.6 percent cost of living increase in line with the raise given to members of the military and comes following President Trump’s announced pay freeze for federal workers for 2019, which he can legally determine unless Congressional action is taken. Congressman Cleaver was one of twenty-four cosponsors of the bill.

“Leadership means doing the right thing and giving already underpaid federal workers an itsy-bitsy 2.6 percent cost of living increase is simply the right thing to do,” said Congressman Cleaver.

“These civil servants protect our nation from foreign adversaries, administer benefits to millions of America’s most vulnerable citizens, ensure our food and medicine are safe to consume, and perform innumerable other thankless jobs to guarantee the federal government functions efficiently and effectively. The least Congress can do is show them the respect they deserve by giving them the modest pay raise they have earned,” Congressman Cleaver said.

This bill is supported by: the American Federation of Government Employees (AFGE), the National Treasury Employees Union (NTEU), the National Federation of Federal Employees (NFFE), the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME), the International Federation of Professional and Technical Engineers (IFPTE), National Active and Retired Federal Employees (NARFE), Senior Executives Association (SEA) and the Federal Managers Association.

The legislation will now go to the United States Senate for consideration.

“Following the 35-day partial government shutdown, which held 800,000 federal workers hostage, Congress needs to demonstrate its support for the civil servants who have dedicated their careers in service to the American public. It is my sincere hope that the Senate will quickly pass and the President will sign into law this common-sense legislation,” said Cleaver.

Emanuel Cleaver, II is the U.S. Representative for Missouri’s Fifth Congressional District, which includes Kansas City, Independence, Lee’s Summit, Raytown, Grandview, Sugar Creek, Blue Springs, Grain Valley, Oak Grove, North Kansas City, Gladstone, Claycomo, and all of Ray, Lafayette, and Saline Counties. For more information, please contact Heather Frierson at 816-842-4545 or . A high-resolution photo of Congressman Cleaver is available here.