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Congressman Al Lawson

Representing the 5th District of Florida

U.S. Rep. Lawson Votes to Pass Federal Civilian Workforce Pay Raise Fairness Act

January 30, 2019
Press Release
Bill Provides 2.6 Percent Pay Increase for Civilian Employees

WASHINGTON DC – Today, U.S. Rep. Al Lawson (FL-05) voted to pass the Federal Civilian Workforce Pay Raise Fairness Act. This bill would provide a 2.6 percent pay increase for federal civilian employees, bringing the 2019 pay increase for civilian employees in line with the raise given to members of the military.

“The 35-day government shutdown directly impacted 800,000 federal employees, including more than 13,000 Floridians,” Rep. Lawson said. “I am proud to support strong legislation that benefits our nation’s federal workforce and the hardworking citizens in our communities. This is a vital step in ensuring our workers are treated with the respect and appreciation they deserve.”

Currently, under President Trump’s pay freeze Executive Order, civilian federal employees will see no increase in pay in calendar year 2019.

Rep. Lawson stood in solidarity with the 800,000 federal employees who were working without pay or furloughed by deferring his paycheck until the government reopened. He also voted 11 times to re-open the government, and voted in favor of opening key agencies, such as the Departments of the Treasury, HUD, Transportation and Agriculture.