From the office of U.S. Sen. Barbara Mikulski:
WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senator Barbara A. Mikulski (D-Md.), Chairwoman of the Senate Appropriations Committee, today praised President Obama’s announcement of a one percent Cost-of-Living Adjustment (COLA) for civilian federal employees next year.
“This pay increase for federal workers is well deserved and appropriate, and I’m pleased that the President has made good on the plan that we worked out as part of the Omnibus budget,” Senator Mikulski said. “I’ve been Chairwoman of the Appropriations Committee for two years and today’s decision marks two straight years of COLAs for two million federal employees following three prior years of pay freezes. I’ve always been proud to advocate for federal workers, who work on the front line each and every day on behalf of the American people. Federal employees have been undervalued and underappreciated for too long. Each and every day, federal employees stand up for America. That is why I will continue to work to end the era of government shutdown, government on autopilot and pay freezes.”
As Chairwoman of the Senate Appropriations Committee, Senator Mikulski was instrumental in fighting to end the three year pay freeze for federal employees. Since that time, the President has been able to implement his plan for a one-percent COLA for federal employees on the General Schedule (GS) Pay Scale. The COLA will take effect on January 1, 2015.
Last year, Mikulski was able to end the pay freeze for white-collar and blue-collar federal workers. Senator Mikulski has worked consistently to ensure that spending laws written under her watch put funds in the federal checkbook to pay for COLAs.