Congress won't take a raise in 2014 but the 1 percent raise in the works for federal employees would apply to other top officials.
A Senate committee took the first firm step toward paying federal employees a raise in January.
House bills leave room for what would be first across the board raise since 2010.
Senate Democrats released a budget plan that unlike its House counterpart does not target federal employee compensation but does seek to replace the sequestration spending cuts that threaten many workers with unpaid furloughs.
Both sides of the Capitol on Wednesday took up budget measures with provisions of direct importance to federal employee pocketbooks.
A coalition of unions and other organizations representing federal employees is asking Congress to allow a 0.5 percent federal employee raise set for April to take effect.
Federal employees have worked under a pay freeze for two years. What can they expect in 2013?