Trump Cancels 2019 Pay Raises for Federal Workers
- Author: Darren Santiago Sep 01, 2018,
Sep 01, 2018, 4:58
"Federal employees deserve the full measure of pay comparability provided by the law, and a 1.9 percent increase is the minimum that Congress should consider", he said.
"I strongly oppose eliminating the pay raise for civilian federal employees and will work with my colleagues to have the pay raise included in our appropriations", Comstock said in a statement.
The administration's July budget update projected a deficit of $890 million for the fiscal year that ends September 30, up from the February estimate of $873 billion.
In contrast to civilian employees, troops are due for a 2.6 percent pay increase next year. The House version of the bill did not include such an increase, and sought reductions to spending on federal pension plans.
Rep. Gerry Connolly, D-Va., who represents many federal workers, blamed what he said was Trump's mismanagement of federal government.
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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". "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", Trump said.
It is a harsh indictment of President Trump's values that he is freezing workers' pay to offset his multi-billion-dollar tax cuts for millionaires and billionaires.
That measure, along with increased spending under a new two-year federal budget and tax cuts enacted at the end of last year, have led to accusations Trump is ignoring the federal deficit, despite promising he would address it as president. Trump signed executive orders in May that made it easier to fire federal employees and placed limits on public-sector unions. A federal judge invalidated numerous provisions in those executive orders on Saturday.
The Democratic National Committee described Trump's letter as "yet another slap in the face to American workers" by the president, while Sen. "Today's announcement has nothing to do with making government more cost-efficient - it's just the latest attack in the Trump administration's war on federal employees". "I can think of nothing more hypocritical or disingenuous than to turn around and throw hardworking federal employees under the bus on the pretext of fiscal responsibility". States Trump won in 2016 - including Florida, Pennsylvania and OH - also rank high on the list of states where federal employees work.