Article by Bryan Howard
August 30, 2018
President Donald Trump announces he will be canceling the January pay raises for federal employees. President Trump claimed his reasoning was for budgetary reasons.
President Trump wrote a letter to congress announcing the pay raise cancelation that would have cost the tax payer an extra $25 billion. The pay raise increase would have been 2.1 percent across the board.
“We must maintain efforts to put our Nation on a fiscally sustainable course, and Federal agency budgets cannot sustain such increases,” Trump wrote before announcing that for 2019, “both across-the-board pay increases and locality pay increases will be set at zero.”
“These alternative pay plan decisions will not materially affect our ability to attract and retain a well‑qualified Federal workforce,” Trump’s letter adds.
Obviously, the Democratic National Committee complained whenever fiscal responsibility is being practiced. Sen. Mark Warner, D-Va., called it “the latest attack in the Trump Administration’s war on federal employees.
“The President and his party, which controls both houses of Congress, have had every chance over the last 18 months to get serious about tackling our fiscal challenges,” Warner said in a statement. “Instead, the President ballooned the deficit by trillions of dollars with a tax giveaway primarily benefiting [sic] big business and the wealthiest Americans. I can think of nothing more hypocritical or disingenuous than to turn around and throw hardworking federal employees under the bus on the pretext of fiscal responsibility.”