WASHINGTON, Dec. 31 (UPI) -- The White House ordered a 2 percent pay hike for federal workers that kicks in Thursday, the Washington Post reported.
The raise was smaller than the 4.1 percent many civil servants and their supporters in Congress had sought.
A political impasse over a huge spending bill means Congress will not give final approval to the higher raise until lawmakers return on Jan. 20, at the earliest.
If Congress, as expected, eventually approves the 4.1 percent raise, the difference will be awarded to workers retroactively, congressional and White House aides said.
This is the second year in a row that Congress' failure to pass all of the government's annual spending bills on time will delay a planned pay raise for federal employees by at least several weeks.