After weeks of delay, federal employees will receive a 4.1-percent raise passed by Congress, the
Washington Post reports.
The raise will be retroactive to January 1, when federal employees began receiving
a 2-percent pay increase because Congress had yet to pass a massive spending
bill. President Bush had proposed a 2-percent raise in his 2004 budget, but
Congress passed a bigger raise, which the president opposed.
With passage of the annual spending bill, federal workers will now receive
the same pay increase as members of the military, the newspaper reports.
"Thankfully, members of Congress recognize the valuable contributions
of federal employees who daily risk their lives to support this nation's war
on terrorism both abroad and at home," says John Gage, president of the
American Federation of Government Employees.