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All the news you could want on the spending bill

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Below is a full roundup of the Washington Post’s latest news on the comprehensive spending bill that lawmakers unveiled Monday, plus a few unrelated items on blue-collar feds seeking a pay raise.

The appropriations measure would fund federal agencies through the end of the fiscal year and end the threat of another shutdown like the one that occurred in October. Everyone loves the budget certainty that comes along with this legislation like this, but what about the spending levels?

Lawmakers unveil massive $1.1 trillion spending bill in bipartisan compromise

Congressional negotiators unveiled a $1.1 trillion funding bill late Monday that would ease sharp spending cuts known as the sequester while providing fresh cash for new priorities, including President Obama’s push to expand early-childhood education.

The 1,582-page bill would fully restore cuts to Head Start, partially restore cuts to medical research and job training programs, and finance new programs to combat sexual assault in the military. It would also give all federal workers a 1 percent raise. READ MORE.

Wonkblog: Here’s a breakdown of what’s in Congress’ $1.012 trillion spending bill

Late last night, negotiators in Congress unveiled a $1.012 trillion spending bill to keep the government open for the rest of fiscal 2014. READ MORE.

The Fix: Winners and losers of the new spending bill

Congressional negotiators released the details of a massive $1.1 trillion spending bill that would fund federal agencies through the rest of the fiscal year and end the lingering threat of another government shutdown.

So, what’s in it? We quickly sifted through the legislation, consulted supporting documents from Democratic and Republican aides, and called out some of the more notable and controversial elements below. READ MORE.

Blue-collar wage-grade federal workers waiting on pay raise

Every morning before Michael Turpin goes to work as a heavy equipment operator for the federal government, he searches for headlines announcing that hourly, blue-collar government employees like himself will finally get what their white-collar counterparts are already receiving: a 1 percent pay raise.

Even if that percentage seems meager — amounting to about $610 a year for him — the lack of a pay bump is particularly stinging for Turpin and about 230,000 wage-grade, or “wg,” federal workers as they are known. READ MORE.

Federal Diary: Blue-collar federal workers still seeking pay raise

They are 230,000 strong, yet often seem invisible.

They back the military with critical skills, yet they are frequently forgotten.

Their collars are blue, which increasingly matches their mood.

The wage-grade employees in the federal government don’t get much notice, but this generally quiet group now is making noise.

Employees covered by the Federal Wage System continue to labor in the cold of the three-year freeze on basic pay rates that ended with the calendar year for most workers. The 1 percent pay raise provided to their colleagues did not include wage-grade staffers. READ MORE.

Adopted 359-67, the measure funds the government through the fiscal year. (The Associated Press)

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Josh Hicks covers Maryland politics and government. He previously anchored the Post’s Federal Eye blog, focusing on federal accountability and workforce issues.



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