Donald Trump Nixes Scheduled Pay Raises for Civilian Federal Employees

by Ben Pena September 1, 2018, 4:59
Donald Trump Nixes Scheduled Pay Raises for Civilian Federal Employees

He cited Title 5 of the U.S. Code, which lets the president freeze civilian federal employee pay increases due to "national emergency or serious economic conditions affecting the general welfare". The federal government ran a deficit of $77 billion last month, a 79 percent increase over July 2017.

"Accordingly, I have determined that it is appropriate to exercise my authority to set alternative across-the-board and locality pay adjustments for 2019". Trump has touted the military pay bump, which was authorized by a giant $716 billion defense bill he signed earlier this month.

Trump's decision does not affect pay for military personnel; instead, US troops are due a 2.6 percent pay increase next year.

Congress has an opportunity to effectively overrule the President's edict if lawmakers pass a spending bill that includes a federal pay raise.

Trump wanted to freeze federal pay in the 2019 budget, but the Senate included a 1.9 percent increase in its plan.

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

"These numbers are very, very sustainable - this isn't a one-time shot", he said last month after figures showed the USA economy grew at a 4.1% annual rate in the second quarter of the year. A federal judge invalidated numerous proposed provisions from these consecutive orders on Saturday.

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

Reaction on Thursday from Democrats was swift, particularly those from states adjacent to Washington, where large numbers of federal workers reside. Ben Cardin, D-Maryland, in a statement. "Instead, the President ballooned the deficit by trillions of dollars with a tax giveaway primarily benefitting [sic] big business and the wealthiest Americans. 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".

"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", said J. David Cox Sr., president of the American Federation of Government Employees, which represents some 700,000 federal workers. A veto of a spending bill could lead to a federal government shutdown.

Trump is right to point out the scary fiscal situation.

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