Some lawmakers fear that a pay freeze could be politically damaging in House districts with large numbers of federal employees.
The administration had sought to limit collective bargaining for 2.1 million federal employees.
Current and former FEMA leaders acknowledge the agency for years had an ineffective system for dealing with complaints of harassment and other workplace misconduct.
Corey Coleman, FEMA’s former personnel chief, was investigated over allegations that he created an atmosphere of widespread sexual harassment, according to FEMA officials.
An internal investigation found that senior executive Corey Coleman hired women so he and his friends could target them for sexual relationships, agency officials said.
Robert Wilkie faces a deep-seated and ongoing morale crisis at the agency he is set to lead.
The agency serves a key constituency for President Trump, but it has struggled with political infighting.
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell scheduled a vote on Robert Wilkie’s confirmation for Monday.
VA’s acting secretary said he is trying to improve “efficiency and effectiveness” — even as he clears out apolitical civil servants who were good performers.
Starting in the 1990s, the North Koreans and Americans had worked jointly to recover remains for more than a decade, but the cooperation was suspended during the George W. Bush era amid political tensions.