Donald Trump Cancels Pay Raises For Federal Employees

Donald Trump Cancels Pay Raises For Federal Employees

President TrumpDonald John TrumpCuomo, Nixon exchange blows in tense primary debate Trump tried to convince GOP senators to turn on Sessions: report Trump discussed preparing for impeachment proceedings with his legal team: report MORE on Thursday announced that he would cancel a scheduled 2.1 percent across-the-board pay increase for federal workers, as well as locality pay increases.

The president made the announcement in a letter to the Senate and House.

"We must maintain efforts to put our nation on a fiscally sustainable course, and federal agency budgets can not sustain such increases", Trump said. Those increases would come on top of a 2.1 percent across-the-board increase for most civilian employees.

It would be the first pay freeze for civilian federal workers since 2011 to 2013, when President Barack Obama instituted a three-year pay freeze as the nation recovered from the recession. The House and Senate plan to reconcile their two versions of the budget now that Congress is back in session.

Some members of Congress - both Democrats and Republicans - opposed Trump's announcement.

In ordering the raises canceled, Trump cited his statutory authority to adjust pay because of "national emergency or serious economic conditions affecting the general welfare".

Specifically, I have determined that for 2019, both across the board pay increases and locality pay increases will be set at zero.

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As noted in my Budget for Fiscal Year 2019, the cost of employing the Federal workforce is significant.

The federal budget deficit has grown 16 percent this fiscal year, the result of a combination of Trump-supported tax cuts and military spending, as well as increases in mandatory spending programs like Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid.

The pay raise matter was the latest in a string of moves that reflect an attempt to rein in spending on federal employees.

"President Trump's plan to freeze wages for these patriotic workers next year ignores the fact that they are worse off today financially than they were at the start of the decade", American Federation of Government Employees National President J. David Cox Sr. said in a statement.

While Trump has yet to propose reducing spending on big-ticket items such as defense or entitlements, he is trying to trim the decicit by changing how federal employees are paid.

The state with the largest number of federal workers is California, followed by Virginia, the District of Columbia and Texas.

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