A group of 16 Republican and 7 Democratic members of the House are calling on President Trump to reverse a recent decision to cancel a federal civilian pay raise set to go into effect in January, citing the potential to affect military readiness as a concern. “Perhaps there wasn’t an understanding of how important this is to so many people” who play “fundamental roles in allowing the national security apparatus to continue,” Rep. Scott Taylor (R-Va.), whose Hampton Roads district has multiple installations, told the Washington Post. “A lot of members have a significant federal presence in their district and feel very strongly about this,” said Rep. Tom Cole (R-Okla.), whose district includes thousands of civilian workers at Tinker AFB.
“DOD relies heavily upon a dedicated civilian workforce whose direct support enables critical defense operations. These employees provide anything form technical and intelligence support to cybersecurity defense. Needless to say, it would be a mistake to refuse our federal civilian employees this well-deserved pay increase,” said the letter organized by Taylor.
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