Trump cancels pay raises for federal employees, including 75,500 in Washington

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President Donald Trump told lawmakers on Thursday he wants to scrap a pay raise for civilian federal workers, saying the nation's budget couldn't support it.

He said that locality pay increases would cost 25 billion dollars (£19 billion), on top of a 2.1% across-the-board increase for most civilian government employees. It is worth noting that the Senate spending plan did receive some opposition from the White House, as Trump has recommended freezing federal salary despite increasing pay by 1.4 percent past year, according to Washington's Top News. Federal News Radio reports that a spending plan approved by the Senate includes a 1.9 percent pay raise for federal employees while the House's own version of the bill does not include such measures.

As noted in my Budget for Fiscal Year 2019, the cost of employing the Federal workforce is significant.

Under current law, locality pay increases averaging 25.70 percent, costing $25 billion, would go into effect in January 2019, in addition to a 2.1 percent across-the-board increase for the base General Schedule. The tax plan alone is expected to increase the deficit by $1.4 trillion over 10 years, according to a government estimate.

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In a notice to Congress Thursday, Trump cited "serious economic conditions" in cutting pay to civilian workers.

"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 judge struck down most of those provisions last week. 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.

"Zero. This seems to be how much respect President Trump has for federal workers", wrote Sen. Mark Warner, D-Va., called it "the latest attack in the Trump Administration's war on federal employees".

The state with the largest number of federal workers is California, followed by Virginia, the District of Columbia and Texas.

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