“I am strongly committed to supporting our uniformed service members, who have made such great contributions to our Nation over the past decade of war,” Obama said.

President Obama plans to use emergency powers to give government workers a 1 percent pay raise beginning next year, he said in a letter to congressional leaders on Friday.

“Civilian federal employees have already made significant sacrifices as a result of a three-year pay freeze that ended in January 2014 with the implementation of a 1 percent pay increase — an amount lower than the private sector pay increases and statutory formula for adjustments,” Obama said.

Obama said he was able to hike pay through a law authorizing him to increase wages because of “national emergency or serious economic conditions affecting the general welfare.”

The pay hike will also apply to military workers, the president said in a separate letter to Speaker John Bohner (R-Ohio).

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