In my opinion this was done by the majority in Congress and the Senate for the purpose of humiliating and denigrating the American Taxpayer:
The budget measure that ended the partial government shutdown allows for a 1 percent raise for federal employees in January in addition to providing back pay for those furloughed, according to two Democratic Maryland senators.
“The promise of a modest pay raise and back pay for furloughed government employees are good first steps in recognizing the value of federal workers,” said Sen. Barbara A. Mikulski, chairwoman of the Senate Appropriations Committee in a joint statement with Sen. Ben Cardin.
“I’m proud we were able to fulfill our promise to make them whole again with back pay and finally break through the pay freeze with a modest adjustment for next year,” said Cardin, a member of the Senate Finance Committee.
Federal employee salary rates have not been increased since January 2010. Some employees have had their pay frozen that entire time while some have received raises due to promotion, performance, or on advancing up the steps of their pay grades.
I can think of a more honest way to recognize the value of government employees, and it would also involve less spending.
Frankly, if a Federal employee hasn’t bothered to do well at “performance” then I don’t see why they should get a raise. Is someone going to argue that the admittedly non-essential workforce as a whole has increased in value to the country since January 2010?
Federal workers already make a grotesque amount more than their counterparts in the private sector.
But none of that matters. As Senators from Maryland—where many federal employees reside—they both know they need to make sure the votes stay purchased. They use Federal debt to keep a sizable chunk of Maryland voters happy enough to support them in office.
Look at this picture (and read the story it came from) and tell me this workforce should have a raise.