Federal employees were held hostage to politics during the partial government shutdown. They deserve to be treated better and get paid more for their service to the federal government and the American public. A 3.6% raise for 2020 would reward these loyal public servants for their service.
There’s already a schedule for determining pay raises for federal government employees. Additionally, the president has discretion to determine whether federal employees should receive pay increases. Given these considerations, there’s no reason for Congress to weigh in on federal employee pay.