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CLINTON AUTHORIZES 2.8% RAISE IN PAY FOR FEDERAL EMPLOYEES

President Clinton on Monday authorized pay raises for federal workers, including increases averaging 2.8 percent for civilian employees and members of the military.

The raises, approved by executive order, take effect Thursday.

Civilian federal workers get a raise of 2.3 percent plus a "locality adjustment" that varies by geographic location but averages 0.5 percent, said White House spokesman Joe Lockhart. The locality adjustment does not apply to the pay of the vice president, federal judges or members of Congress, he said.

All members of the military will get a raise of 2.8 percent.

The order authorizes pay raises of 2.3 percent for Vice President Gore, federal judges and members of Congress. The raise for members of Congress -- from $133,600 to $136,700 -- is based on a provision in a spending bill signed by Clinton in October. The vice president's pay rises from $171,500 to $175,400.

Clinton's salary of $200,000 remains unchanged.

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