The House yesterday approved the Republican version of the continuing resolution, which (like its Democratic counterpart) raises the ceiling on top federal pay. If the Senate goes along, this is what would happen to employes currently "capped" at $50,112.50:

Grade 14, step 9 employes would move up to $50,273 and step 10 of that grade to $51,273. Workers now capped at the 4th step of Grade 15 would go up to $51,353 and those at the top of the grade would rise to $57,500. Grades 16, 17 and 18 would all move up to the new$57,500 limit for supergrade pay.

Senior Executive Service's Level 1 would to $54,755. Level 6 rises to $58,500 . Adjustments for levels 2 through 5 would be made by executive order.

A lot of people -- Democrats and Republicans -- deserve credit for getting the pay raise into the bill and getting it through the House. Democrats worthy of thank-you notes from U.S. executives include Mike Barnes and Steny Hoyer of Maryland, and Vic Fazio of New York, among others. Rep. Frank Wolf (R-Va.) carried the ball in the successful GOP bill. Senior Executive Association's Jerry Shaw and friends ran their legs off getting the raises through Congress. VIP behind-the-scenes support came from presidential counselor Edwin Meese III and Office of Management and Budget's Ed Harper.