Trump Officials Give Themselves a $10k Raise Amid Government Shutdown: report
A new report by The Washington Post has revealed that senior political appointees chosen by president Trump, including Cabinet officials, top administrators, and even the vice president will see their pay raise by around $10,000 per year on Saturday amid the ongoing government shutdown.
According to the report, Vice President Mike Pence’s salary is set to rise to $243,500 from its current rate of $230,700 per year, while Cabinet secretaries will see their compensation rise to $210,700 from $199,700 per year.
The move has already been criticized by Democrats including Rep. Nita Lowey (D-N.Y.), the newly-appointed chair of the House Appropriations Committee, who called the pay raises “outrageous” while thousands of federal workers remain furloughed.
“At a time when more than 800,000 federal employees aren’t getting paid, it is absolutely outrageous that the Trump administration would even consider taking advantage of the shutdown to dole out huge raises to the vice president and its political appointees,” she told the Post.
“It looks like Trump has protected his own appointees, and everyone else gets screwed,” added Rep. Don Beyer (D-Va.) in an interview with the newspaper.
Trump’s battle over funding for his plan to build a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border dragged the shutdown fight into its 14th day on Friday as about one-fourth of the federal government remains paralyzed by a lack of funding.
Trump is set to meet with congressional leaders again Friday, his first meeting with Democrats since the party assumed the House majority on Thursday.