Federal agencies have been directed to hold off enacting pay raises for top administration officials during a government shutdown that has left hundreds of thousands of federal workers without pay.
An executive pay freeze, which caps the salaries of top government employees and has been in place since 2013, lapsed on December 21 because Congress was unable to pass the spending bill in which it was included, leading to the government shutdown that's now gone on for two weeks.
That means the pay raise will go into effect tomorrow unless Congress moves to extend the pay freeze for the officials in question.
Cabinet secretaries will get a raise from $199,700 to $210,700, while deputy secretaries will go up from $179,700 to $189,600, the Post reported.
Those on the job and not being paid include airline security officers from the Transportation Security Administration, Federal Bureau of Investigation agents, and others.
White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders later said the administration was "exploring options to prevent this from being implemented while some federal workers are furloughed" and described the situation as "another unnecessary byproduct of the shutdown".
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Without legislation, the pay freeze was set to expire and pay was set to jump automatically.
The White House and a spokesperson for the vice president did not respond to requests for comment from the Post.
The cap on salaries for some senior political officials was extended in March 2018, and a memo issued the following month by the Office of Personnel Management said Congress would need to act before January 5, 2019, in order to keep the freeze in place.
The Democrat-led House included a continuation of the executive pay freeze in a Bill the chamber passed late on Thursday to reopen parts of the government without the funding for a border wall Trump wants. The Senior Executives Association, an organization that represents the highest-earning career government officials, estimates that the pay bump will cost taxpayers $300 million over 10 years.
Vice President Mike Pence's pay was scheduled to rise from $230,700 to $243,500.
While the USA military and other major agencies are still fully funded, the impasse has left 800,000 government workers from other departments furloughed or working without pay.