Brown Blasts Trump Plan to Boost Pay For Senior Officials While Cutting Pay For Federal Workers in Ohio

President Announced Plans to Give Top Political Staff $10,000 Raises, Including Millionaire Cabinet Officials and VP Pence; News Comes as Trump is Forcing Many Federal Workers to Miss Pay During Shutdown and Cutting Scheduled Raises for Others

WASHINGTON, DC – U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown (D-OH) today blasted the Trump administration’s decision to give its top political appointees raises of $10,000 per year – including cabinet officials who are already worth millions and Vice President Pence (more). This news comes on the thirteenth day of the President’s shut down, which has forced many federal workers to be furloughed and others to work without pay. Over the holidays, President Trump also issued an executive order that allowed him to unilaterally implement a pay freeze for civilian federal employees in 2019. This would deny tens of thousands of Wright-Patterson Air Force Base employees the modest 1.9 percent pay raise they have earned.

 “President Trump is padding the pockets of his millionaire political officials while taking money out of the pockets of hard-working people at places like Wright-Patt. This is a betrayal of American workers,” said Brown.