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Erich Wagner

Erich Wagner is a staff correspondent covering pay, benefits and other federal workforce issues. He joined Government Executive in the spring of 2017 after extensive experience writing about state and local issues in Maryland and Virginia, most recently as editor-in-chief of the Alexandria Times. He holds a bachelor's degree in journalism from the University of Maryland.
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House Approves Spending Bill With Wall Funding, Shutdown Prospects Remain Murky

December 20, 2018 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The House voted 217-185 Thursday evening to approve a measure to keep the government open and provide the Trump administration with $5 billion in funding for the construction of a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border, putting the onus on the Senate to avert a shutdown. Congress and Trump have until...

House Approves Spending Bill With Wall Funding, Shutdown Prospects Remain Murky

December 20, 2018 The House voted 217-185 Thursday evening to approve a measure to keep the government open and provide the Trump administration with $5 billion in funding for the construction of a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border, putting the onus on the Senate to avert a shutdown. Congress and Trump have until...

Trump Says He Won’t Sign Spending Bill, Heightening Shutdown Fears

December 20, 2018 FROM NEXTGOV arrow President Trump told House Republican leaders Thursday that he would refuse to sign the two-month continuing resolution passed by the Senate Wednesday night to keep federal agencies open, increasing the likelihood of a partial government shutdown this weekend. Trump met with House Speaker Paul Ryan, Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy, and...

Trump Says He Won’t Sign Spending Bill, Heightening Shutdown Fears

December 20, 2018 President Trump told House Republican leaders Thursday that he would refuse to sign the two-month continuing resolution passed by the Senate Wednesday night to keep federal agencies open, increasing the likelihood of a partial government shutdown this weekend. Trump met with House Speaker Paul Ryan, Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy, and...

Lawmakers Scramble Unsuccessfully to Include Federal Pay Raise in Senate Spending Package

December 19, 2018 A handful of senators late Wednesday scrambled to try to ensure that federal workers would receive a pay raise in 2019 if Congress is able to pass a shutdown-averting, stop-gap funding bill acceptable to President Trump. Roughly one-third of federal agencies are scheduled to lose funding after Friday. On Wednesday...

A Guide to Pay and Benefits During A Shutdown

December 19, 2018 As of Wednesday, lawmakers and the White House had just two days to approve a spending measure to avert a partial government shutdown beginning Friday night. Without appropriations legislation or a continuing resolution, roughly one third of federal agencies would be forced to limit their activities or shut down entirely...

Shutdown-Averting Bill Could Doom 2019 Pay Raise for Feds, At Least for Now

December 19, 2018 Republican appropriators said Wednesday morning that the stopgap measure intended to avert a partial government shutdown would not include language providing a pay raise for federal civilian employees, a move that would all but assure that President Trump’s plan to institute a pay freeze will be implemented, at least for...

Senate Republicans Prepare Two-Month CR to Avert Shutdown

December 19, 2018 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell reportedly plans to introduce a stopgap bill Wednesday to fund for two months the roughly one-third of federal agencies that do not yet have full-year appropriations, a move that could avert a looming partial government shutdown. Congress has until Friday to come to an agreement...

Senate Republicans Prepare Two-Month CR to Avert Shutdown

December 19, 2018 Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell reportedly plans to introduce a stopgap bill Wednesday to fund for two months the roughly one-third of federal agencies that do not yet have full-year appropriations, a move that could avert a looming partial government shutdown. Congress has until Friday to come to an agreement...

White House Punts on Shutdown Specifics, Puts Onus on Senate

December 18, 2018 For a while Tuesday morning, it appeared that Congress and the White House could quickly reach an agreement to avert a partial government shutdown ahead of Friday’s funding deadline. But within hours, negotiators appeared back at square one. Lawmakers have until Dec. 21 to come to an agreement on how...