“When the final 2017 National Defense Authorization Act set the military raise at 2.1 percent at the end of November, the NTEU contacted key members of Congress to ask them to urge the President to change his original proposal to 2.1 percent,” said National Treasury Employees Union President Tony Reardon. “It was our view that the federal pay raise wasn’t a done deal and could be adjusted.”
“We thank the members of Congress who listened to our views on this issue and stepped up as champions of the federal workforce,” Reardon said in a statement. “NTEU is especially grateful to House Democratic Whip Steny Hoyer (Md.), Sens. Barbara Mikulski (D-Md.), Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Mark Warner (D-Va.), Tim Kaine (D-Va.), and Senator-elect Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.),” who is currently in the House.