Trump slashes federal pay increase

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The move drew a quick response from D.C. -area members and is nearly certain to draw howls from the Senate, which included a 1.9 percent pay raise in its Financial Services spending bill. That's wrong - and it disrespects the important work done throughout our country by federal workers. It also issued a series of executive orders that would have made it all but impossible for federal employee unions to operate in federal buildings and to ease rules on firing employees.

That's roughly the same amount that his border wall is expected to cost, and the GOP-pushed tax cuts are projected to add billions to the federal deficit. Officials did not immediately say whether the pay freeze would also apply to White House staffers.

"The President and his party, which controls both houses of Congress, have had every chance over the last 18 months to get serious about tackling our fiscal challenges", Warner said in a statement.

"His tax bill exploded the deficit, and now he is trying to balance the budget on the backs of federal workers", Connolly said. Those increases would come on top of a 2.1 percent across-the-board increase for most civilian employees.

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"Under current law, locality pay increases averaging 25.70 percent, costing $25 billion, would go into effect in January 2019, in addition to a 2.1 percent across-the-board increase for the base General Schedule", Trump wrote in a letter to House Speaker Paul Ryan and Vice President Mike Pence (the president of the Senate). Accordingly, I have determined that it is appropriate to exercise my authority to set alternative across-the-board and locality pay adjustments for 2019 pursuant to 5 U.S.C. 5303 (b) and 5304a. The federal government ran a deficit of $77 billion last month, a 79 percent increase over July 2017.

In July, the House effectively approved the proposal, although the Senate later passed a bill that includes a salary increase. Barack Obama, Trump's predecessor, froze raises for civilian employees for three consecutive years during his two terms as president from 2011 through 2013.

"Zero. This seems to be how much respect President Trump has for federal workers", wrote Sen.

He said the 1.9 percent pay increase would "help prevent workers from falling further behind next year and help federal agencies recruit and retain the high-caliber workforce that the public expects and deserves".

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