Trump Escalates War On Federal Employees By Cancelling Their Scheduled Pay Raises

By Sahid Fawaz

Federal workers once again became targets of the current president.

NBC News reports:

“President Donald Trump announced Thursday that he was canceling pay raises for most federal employees that had been set to go into effect in January, citing government budget concerns.

In a letter to House and Senate leaders, Trump wrote that he’d decided “across-the-board” pay raises as well as locality pay raises for civilian federal workers in 2019 would be frozen.

‘I have determined that for 2019, both across‑the‑board pay increases and locality pay increases will be set at zero,’ he wrote. ‘These alternative pay plan decisions will not materially affect our ability to attract and retain a well‑qualified Federal workforce,’ Trump added.

In the letter, Trump said a 25.7-percent pay raise for localities, as well as a 2.1-percent pay increase for across-the-board pay, both scheduled for January 2019, would add billions to the federal deficit. Specifically, he pointed to the scheduled locality pay raise as costing $25 billion.”

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