The impact of the government shutdown is reverberating throughout the White House.
High-ranking government officials like Vice President Mike Pence will not receive planned pay raises until the shutdown is over.
Not Taking Them Anyway
While the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) made the block on pay raises official, it was really a formality.
Pence had already been asked if he would have taken the raise, and he did not hesitate to tell the media he would refuse it until after the shutdown is over.
Additionally, President Trump, who is not taking a salary as president, was probably going to ask his cabinet members to forego the pay raise anyway.
The OPM later released a statement on the matter saying that “it would be prudent for agencies to continue to pay these senior political officials at the frozen rate until appropriations legislation is enacted that would clarify the status of the freeze.”
Troops Not Impacted
But while the president’s nearest and dearest advisers won’t be seeing bigger paychecks, the wage freeze will not impact our troops.
Trump included a 2.6 percent pay raise for troops in a defense budget bill that was passed earlier, and it will stick despite the shutdown.
While it is a shame for the government workers that are not receiving a paycheck right now, this is the sad reality of working for the government.
President Barack Obama dealt with government shutdowns.
President Bill Clinton dealt with government shutdowns.
Democrats did not weep for those federal employees then, so their crocodile tears for them now hold no weight.
This could all be ended if Democrats would show even a little bend on the issue of the border wall, something that is desperately needed to improve our national security.
If Democrats really cared about federal employees, they would sit down and negotiate in good faith — but we don’t see that happening any time soon.