Trump cancels pay raise expected in 2019 for civilian federal workers, citing budget

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Trump Cites Budget As Reason For Canceling Pay Raises In 2019 For Federal Workers

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President Donald Trump told Congress on Thursday that he is canceling a planned pay raise for many civilian federal workers that was supposed to go into effect in January, according to multiple reports.

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In a letter addressed to the House and Senate, the president cited budgetary constraints as the reason behind his decision, Cox Media Group's Jamie Dupee reported.

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“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,” the president wrote.

 

The president said locality pay increases, earmarked for federal workers who live in areas with a high cost of living, would cost $25 billion, The Associated Press reported. That figure did not include the 2.1 percent across-the-board increase most civilian federal workers expected to see next year.

“We must maintain efforts to put our Nation on a fiscally sustainable course,” Trump wrote. “I view the increases that would otherwise take effect as inappropriate.”

He said that for 2019 "both across-the-board pay increases and locality pay increases will be set at zero," The Associated Press reported.

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