In the memo, Weichert writes that, “In the current absence of Congressional guidance,” OPM “believes it would be prudent for agencies to continue to pay these senior political officials at the frozen rate until appropriations legislation is enacted …”
White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders had said earlier Friday that the administration was “aware of the issue” and “exploring options to prevent this from being implemented while some federal workers are furloughed.”
The White House said Friday it is exploring ways to prevent a pay raise for top administration officials during a government shutdown that has left hundreds of thousands of federal workers without pay.
White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said in a statement that the administration “is aware of the issue” and “exploring options to prevent this from being implemented while some federal workers are furloughed.”
The raises are the result of a pay freeze for top federal officials, including the vice president and cabinet secretaries, that has been passed repeatedly by Congress but is now on the verge of expiring because of the shutdown.
President Donald Trump told reporters at a press conference earlier Friday that he “might consider” asking cabinet secretaries and other top officials to forgo the raises. Vice President Mike Pence committed to doing so.