Trump Cancels Pay Raise Due to Federal Workers in January

Trump Cancels Pay Raise Due to Federal Workers in January

The government originally planned 2.1 percent across-the-board increases and other adjustments based on the region of the country to take effect in 2019.

Cox said federal worker pay and benefits have been cut by more than $200 billion since 2011, and workers are now earning 5 percent less than they did at the start of the decade. 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.

"As noted in my budget for fiscal year 2019, the cost of employing the federal workforce is significant", he wrote.

Members of the military are still set to receive a 2.6 percent pay hike.

Congress does have the option to override Trump's freeze on federal raises.

Under the law, the 2.1 percent raise takes effect automatically unless the president and Congress act to change it. Congress is now debating a proposal for a slightly lower, 1.9 percent across-the-board raise to be included in a funding bill that would require Trump's signature to keep most government functions operating past September.

Rep. Gerry Connolly, D-Va., who represents many federal workers, blamed what he said was Trump's mismanagement of federal government.

Trump is not anxious about the effect of freezing federal pay on the government's ability to be successful in "recruiting, retaining and rewarding high-performing Federal employees and those with critical skill sets".

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Trump's 2019 budget proposal sought to freeze federal pay, but the Senate Appropriations Committee included a pay bump in its spending plans for 2019.

"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. A federal judge invalidated numerous provisions in those executive orders on Saturday.

This is not the first time in recent history that a president has frozen civilian federal pay raises.

Reaction on Thursday from Democrats was swift, particularly those from states adjacent to Washington, where large numbers of federal workers reside.

"It is outrageous and hypocritical that after spending billions of taxpayer dollars on unnecessary tax cuts for the wealthy and big corporations ... that suddenly the White House finds that there is zero money left to pay a minimal cost-of living adjustment", he added.

The proposed raise decrease also includes previous plans of a substantial decrease in retirement funding.

U.S. District Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson said Trump didn't have the power to force changes to union contracts because they would violate the collective bargaining rights federal employees have under the law.

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