Donald Trump Cancels Pay Raises For Federal Employees

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Rep. Don Beyer (D-Va.) is no fan of Trump administration, but the president's decision today (Thursday) to stop pay raises for civilian federal employees is hitting a particular nerve for Arlington's local congressman.

In the letter, sent to Speaker of the House Paul Ryan (R., Wis.), Trump said the government could not sustain the scheduled increases. In light of our Nation's fiscal situation, Federal employee pay must be performance-based, and aligned strategically toward recruiting, retaining, and rewarding high-performing Federal employees and those with critical skill sets.

The politics of the pay freeze could be dicey. The 2.1 per cent across-the-board pay increase that was set to happen in January will no longer be happening as a way to maintain budget, CNBC reports.

"Accordingly, I have determined that it is appropriate to exercise my authority to set alternative across-the-board and locality pay adjustments for 2019".

Washington has 75,525 people working for the federal government as of mid-2017, according to Governing.

As workers across the country head into the Labor Day weekend, Trump cited the "significant" cost of the federal workforce, and called for their pay to be based on performance and created to recruit, retain and reward "high-performing Federal employees and those with critical skill sets".

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An across-the-board 2.1% pay increase for federal workers was slated to take effect in January. Under the complex federal pay law, in that case such a message must be issued by the end of August to prevent a much larger raise from taking effect automatically should no decision be made by the end of the year. The Senate passed a bill this summer that included a 1.9% raise for federal workers.

"Trump has delivered yet another slap in the face to American workers", said Democratic National Committee Chairman Tom Perez.

The Trump administration proposed $143.5 billion in cuts to federal employee compensation in May, including substantial decreases in retirement funding.

No one will believe his dishonest justification of a 'national emergency or serious economic conditions, ' which is contradicted by Trump's own commentary painting a rosy picture of the economy.

That measure, along with a new two-year federal budget and tax cuts heralded by Republicans, have led to accusations Trump is ignoring the federal deficit, despite promising he would address it as president.

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