The federal government may be partially shut down, but that isn’t stopping hundreds of President Donald Trump’s political appointees from receiving annual raises of about $10,000 a year, according to documents issued by the Office of Personnel Management and experts in federal pay who’ve confirmed Cabinet secretaries, deputy secretaries, top administrators, and Vice President Mike Pence’s raises are scheduled to go into effect beginning January 5.
The breakdown is as follows:
- Cabinet secretaries would be entitled to a $210,700 annual salary from $199,700;
- Deputy secretaries would be entitled to a $189,600 annual salary from $179,700 (secretaries, deputy directors and other top administrators are also affected);
- Vice President Pence would be entitled to a $243,500 annual salary from $230,700.
The Office of Personnel Management did not respond to requests for comment nor did the White House. The pay raises are expected to cost taxpayers $300 million over 10 years, according to a Senior Executives Association (SEA) analysis. The government shutdown has affected roughly 800,000 federal employees who have not received paychecks since the shutdown began two weeks ago.
Although the Democrat-led House passed a measure which continues the executive pay freeze as part of an effort to reopen the government, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) has indicated he will not pass a bill the president likely won’t sign. SEA’s executive director Jason Briefel called the freeze a “politically driven policy that over time makes it harder to bring good folks to government,” though he acknowledged lifting it “is definitely a slap in the face” to other federal workers.
Many, including Senators Doug Jones (D-AL) and Ed Markey (D-MA) have blasted the move.
This is WRONG! @realDonaldTrump issue an exec order now stopping this. You did it to the hard working federal employees, now stop these raises. The #trumpshutdown is bad enough! Sr Trump admin officials to get $10,000 raises – Washington Post https://t.co/IsrWExWwXc
— Doug Jones (@DougJones) January 4, 2019
Making sure to pay-off the ppl who'll help protect him from impeachment and indictment, criminal con-man Trump will not cancel or postpone raises of up to $13K tomorrow to Mike Pence and Trump officials — even as federal workers continue to go without pay https://t.co/AklqoU5fpU
— Bill Madden (@activist360) January 4, 2019
At a time when federal workers are going without pay and struggling to make ends meet because of this president’s shutdown, this administration is giving senior officials raises up to $10,000. That is absolutely outrageous. https://t.co/hcpBXdv0dp
— Our Revolution (@OurRevolution) January 4, 2019
The #TrumpShutdown is resulting in Donald Trump's cronies getting a raise while working people get stiffed.
800,000 federal workers: not getting paid
Pay raises for all other federal employees: frozen
White House officials: ~$10,000 raiseshttps://t.co/YKe306jOn1
— Ed Markey (@SenMarkey) January 4, 2019
Let’s be clear: Trump shuts down the government so federal workers go without pay, then he freezes federal worker’s pay and now gives his staff raises? What a slap in the face to the nearly one million who have worked without pay for two weeks during the #TrumpShutdown. https://t.co/uBkA82iQRN
— Nanette D. Barragán (@RepBarragan) January 4, 2019
“While federal workers go without pay, senior Trump admin. officials are poised to get $10,000 raises.”
Civil servants are taking out loans & going into credit card debt to pay the bills while these grifters line their pockets with OUR tax dollars. https://t.co/MWchLgALAi
— Northwest Bronx Indivisible (@NWBronxIndiv) January 4, 2019
The partial government shutdown was kicked off after the president opted not to sign a stopgap funding bill which would have averted a shutdown because he disagreed with Congress over funding for his proposed border wall on our nation’s southern border.
The shutdown is the fourth longest in U.S. history, and there is no end in sight, despite assurances from Democrats that they will pass funding bills as soon as they take office. The inauguration of the 116th Congress today marks the first time ever that a federal shutdown will extend into two different Congresses.
The president’s insistence on blaming Democrats for the shutdown contradicts his own statements. In December, he preemptively accepted ownership of a then-possible shutdown.
“I am proud to shut down the government for border security, Chuck. … I will take the mantle. I will be the one to shut it down. I’m not going to blame you for it,” he told Democratic leaders Nancy Pelosi and Chuck Schumer in the Oval Office on December 11.