Yeah, this isn’t a good look.
While many federal workers go without pay and the government is partially shut down, hundreds of senior Trump political appointees are poised to receive annual raises of about $10,000 a year.
The pay raises for cabinet secretaries, deputy secretaries, top administrators and even Vice President Mike Pence are scheduled to go into effect beginning Jan. 5 without legislation to stop them, according to documents issued by the Office of Personnel Management and experts in federal pay.
The raises appear to be an intended consequence of the shutdown: When lawmakers failed to pass bills on Dec. 21 to fund multiple federal agencies, they allowed an existing pay freeze to lapse. Congress enacted a law capping pay for top federal executives in 2013 and renewed it each year. The raises will occur because that cap will expire without legislative action by Saturday, allowing raises that have accumulated over those years but never took effect to kick in, starting with paychecks issued next week.
“The raises appear to be an intended consequence of the shutdown” probably won’t fit on a protest sign, but damn if that’s not infuriating.
Since these folks are getting such a bump in their salaries, maybe they can spend a couple of weekends cleaning the toilets at Yosemite National Park. Then again, as factotums for Donald J. Trump, they clean up a metric fuck-ton of metaphorical shit every day.
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