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Stewart supports federal pay raise, says Trump went too far

September 1, 2018

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Republican U.S. Senate candidate Corey Stewart says President Donald Trump has gone too far in blocking a pay increase for federal workers.

The Washington Post reported Saturday that Stewart has joined a bipartisan group of lawmakers and candidates in the Washington area who’ve condemned the move.

Stewart noted in a statement that his break with Trump is rare. He said federal workers in Virginia deserve a raise because they “wake up early, face punishing traffic and work hard to serve their nation and support their families.”

His remarks are a sharp reversal on the issue. In March, he slammed a bill that included the same 1.9 percent raise.

Stewart’s opponent is former vice presidential nominee and incumbent U.S. Sen. Tim Kaine. The Democrat is heavily favored to win in November.


Information from: The Washington Post, http://www.washingtonpost.com

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