Trump cancels pay raise federal workers were due in January

President Donald Trump says federal employees shouldn’t get a raise in 2019

President Donald Trump says federal employees shouldn’t get a raise in 2019

It's not clear if Trump would approve a budget that includes the pay increase; the White House has not issued a formal veto threat of the Senate's bill.

"We must maintain efforts to put our Nation on a fiscally sustainable course, and Federal agency budgets can not sustain such increases".

"How about we start with scaling back and paying for the tax cuts and spending bill, which together will add $400 billion to next year's deficit, alone", wrote Marc Goldwein of the Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget. The letter did not estimate the overall savings, though it said $25 billion would be saved in a related move canceling raises that are based on the workers' location.

The American Federation of Government Employees, a union for federal workers, is now calling on the House to pass a similar measure.

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Federal workers rely on an old government formula to determine what their automatic pay raise will be each year. Mark Warner, D-Va., called it "the latest attack in the Trump Administration's war on federal employees".

While Trump has yet to propose reducing spending on big-ticket items such as defense or entitlements, he is trying to trim the decicit by changing how federal employees are paid.

Representative Anthony Brown, D-Maryland, said he plans to work reinstate a pay raise for civilian federal workers when lawmakers return to Capitol Hill in September.

"Federal employees have had their pay and benefits cut by over $200 billion since 2011, and they are earning almost 5 percent less today than they did at the start of the decade", said J. David Cox Sr., national president of the American Federation of Government Employees, the largest union representing federal workers. That means the law is adding about $190 billion a year to the deficit.

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Donald Trump has canceled a planned pay raise for federal workers, CNN reports.

Under President Barack Obama, federal pay was frozen between 2011 and 2013 as the economy recovered from the Great Recession, and no president has allowed full locality pay increases to take effect, according to Bloomberg. We must maintain efforts to put our Nation on a fiscally sustainable course, and Federal agency budgets can not sustain such 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".

There may be some pay raises on a performance basis, but across-the-board increases won't happen, Trump said. "These alternative pay plan decisions will not materially affect our ability to attract and retain a well-qualified Federal workforce".

J. David Cox, president of AFGE, said the Senate bill "would help prevent workers from falling further behind next year and help federal agencies recruit and retain the high-caliber workforce that the public expects and deserves".

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The adjustments described above shall take effect on the first day of the first applicable pay period beginning on or after January 1, 2019.

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