O'Halleran Demands Answers Regarding Federal Employee Pay Freeze

August 31, 2018
Press Release
Lauds Work Done by Law Enforcement, Firefighters, and Forest Rangers

VILLAGE OF OAK CREEK – Today, Congressman Tom O’Halleran (AZ-01) demanded answers following the recent announcement that the Administration would cancel a pay raise for federal employees, including civilian employees who support Arizona’s public lands, protect our communities, and serve our veterans.

“This week, Arizona firefighters, law enforcement officers, forest rangers, and countless others learned they would not be given a pay raise in the next year. This move will discourage the best and brightest from applying to jobs that save lives or support our farmers and veterans. This is unacceptable.” said Rep. O’Halleran. “These hardworking men and women, many of whom put their lives on the line to protect our families, deserve an answer from the Administration and action from Congress.”

Prior to the announcement, the 2.1 percent across-the-board pay increase for federal employees was set to go into effect on October 1st. More than 1.7 million Americans work for the federal government outside of the Washington, D.C. metro area, such as employees within the Department of Veterans of Affairs, Bureau of Land Management, and Customs and Border Protection. Veterans make up 30% of federal workers, according to the U.S. Office of Personnel Management (OPM).

“This Administration has gotten us into a fiscal mess by handing out massive tax cuts to the wealthy and multinational corporations. We knew then that there was no way to pay for this tax bill without hurting hardworking, middle-class Americans,” continued O’Halleran. “We must get our fiscal house in order, but we cannot do it on the backs of veterans, public safety officers, or the men and women who work at our national parks and forests. I will work with my colleagues on both sides of the aisle to ensure these folks get the pay raise they worked hard to earn.