That money should be saved to invest in giving all Americans the same type of health care federal employees are privileged enough to enjoy. Use it to invest in Medicare-for-All. I do not want to imply that federal employees do not merit a raise, but I think it is too early for such an increase. With the newly elected and most diverse Congress to date in American history and many of the resolutions and policy suggestions put forward (mainly by the House of course), I think we need to wait and see if congressional leaders can deliver on any of these which would benefit many Americans. If and when they can deliver and follow through, then a raise would be greatly merited and I would offer clearer support for it.