Yanche wrote:Quoting from the referenced link in the first posting,
"The pay raise will generally be about 1/2 of 1%."
Would you be happy if you had a two year pay freeze and then got 1/2 of 1% ?
I'll agree that these are paltry raises, but for me it's not a matter of the various Federal workers being happy or unhappy. It's a matter of how the raises came about.
Is President Obama merely testing the waters here to see if this makes waves? And if no one does make waves about it, the next time the waters can be tested a bit more, and a bit more deeply, ad infinitum. Keep it up and pretty soon Congress will be dissolved as unnecessary, and President Obama (or his successor somewhere down the line) will eventually be crowned, with much fanfare and with clear majority approval and support.
Larry, if you look at the text of the executive order the first like reads,
"By the authority vested in me as President by the Constitution and the laws of the United States of America, including section 114(b) of the Continuing Appropriations Resolution, 2013 (Public Law 112–175), which provides that any statutory adjustments to current levels in certain pay schedules for civilian Federal employees may take effect on the first day of the first applicable pay period beginning after the date specified in section 106(3) of Public Law 112–175, it is hereby ordered as follows ... "
I haven't looked at the referenced public law, but I'll bet Congress gave him the authority to do it. Let's put some of the blame for a dis-functional government where much of it belongs, a ideologically deadlocked Congress. It's not just the President.