Fedweek

A budget blueprint for the upcoming fiscal year passed by Congress just before its spring break contains a “sense of Congress” provision that the January 2001 general schedule raise be 3.7 percent, the figure recommended by the White House. While the language is not binding, it does set the figure from which Congress will work as the budget process progresses. Some employee-friendly members on Capitol Hill are trying to boost the figure to 4.2 percent. They are expected to push for that higher figure when Congress takes up the spending bills that will contain the actual funding for government operations in the fiscal year that starts October 1.