No pay raises for federal employees: Trump

Vastavam web: 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. In a letter to House and Senate leaders, Trump described the pay increase as “inappropriate.” “We must maintain efforts to put our Nation on a fiscally sustainable course, and Federal agency budgets cannot sustain such increases,” the President wrote.

An across-the-board 2.1% pay increase for federal workers was slated to take effect in January. In addition, a yearly adjustment of paychecks based on the region of the country where a worker is posted the “locality pay increase” — was due to take effect. Trump said both increases should no longer happen. “I have determined that for 2019, both across the board pay increases and locality pay increases will be set at zero,” he wrote.