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Trump Issues Executive Order Freezing Federal Workers' Pay in 2019
Written by <a href="index.php?option=com_comprofiler&task=userProfile&user=49838"><span class="small">Veronica Stracqualursi and Kevin Liptak, CNN</span></a>   
Saturday, 29 December 2018 13:55

Excerpt: "President Donald Trump issued an executive order Friday freezing federal workers' pay for 2019, following through on a proposal he announced earlier in the year."

A TSA worker works at O'Hare International Airport in Chicago, December 25, 2018. (photo: Nam Y. Huh/AP)
A TSA worker works at O'Hare International Airport in Chicago, December 25, 2018. (photo: Nam Y. Huh/AP)


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Trump Issues Executive Order Freezing Federal Workers' Pay in 2019

By Veronica Stracqualursi and Kevin Liptak, CNN

29 December 18

 

resident Donald Trump issued an executive order Friday freezing federal workers' pay for 2019, following through on a proposal he announced earlier in the year.

The move, which nixes a 2.1% across-the-board pay raise that was set to take effect in January, comes as hundreds of thousands of federal employees are expecting to begin the new year furloughed or working without pay because of a partial government shutdown.

Trump told lawmakers he planned to scrap the 2019 pay bump for federal workers in August, saying the federal budget couldn't support it. In addition to the 2.1% pay increase, the executive order also cancels a yearly adjustment of paychecks based on the region of the country where workers are posted, called the "locality pay increase," that was due to take effect in January.

The move does not affect a 2.6% pay increase for US troops next year that was passed as part of the massive defense spending bill Trump signed in August.

Lawmakers could include a pay raise for 2019 in a spending bill to reopen the government, but negotiations have been at an impasse over money for Trump's border wall.

About 380,000 federal employees are on furlough and 420,000 are working without pay as the new year approaches.

In a letter to House and Senate leaders in August, 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.

Trump also stressed that a pay freeze would not affect the federal government's ability to attract qualified workers. He cited his statutory authority to adjust pay out of "national emergency or serious economic conditions affecting the general welfare."

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+23 # DongiC 2018-12-29 22:26
Trump is no longer cautious in expressing his contempt for the lower classes, he blatantly freezes their pay. The god damn wall is more worthy than they are or his billionaire friends who received a nice favor in the recent tax bill. Our president is beyond belief, he is so outrageous. When is Congress going to impeach this reprobate?
 
 
+17 # stevenads0527@gmail.com 2018-12-29 22:50
Normal working class folks played as pawns in Trump's games. Shame on those who support this Orange caaaaannt.
 
 
+17 # giraffee23 2018-12-30 00:37
This is another reason to get this NUT out. Guess non of his base work for Fed Government?
How does he even have a base?
 
 
+15 # Carol R 2018-12-30 05:12
"Trump told lawmakers he planned to scrap the 2019 pay bump for federal workers in August, saying the federal budget couldn't support it."

Trump is EVIL!! He obviously has no idea of what it is like to not have money. He is proud of his signed tax break for the wealthy but does this to workers. [‘Lock him up!”, and throw away the key!]
 
 
+19 # Rodion Raskolnikov 2018-12-30 07:27
If the economy is doing so "great," why can't the government afford a 2.6% pay increase for its workers? And to give the Pentagon more money while cutting civilian workers is bound to piss off a lot of people.

It is OK with me to cut the Federal budget, but don't do it on the backs of workers. Try cutting the billions of dollars that are sent to Israel. Or the wasted money on flying to Mars. Or the idiotic expenses on spying on everyone on earth. Maybe some workers at the NSA need to get laid off. They can find jobs at Google.
 
 
+15 # Glen 2018-12-30 08:18
The man is out of his mind and has no idea at all that he is wrecking this country's citizens in favor of all his wanton spending. A dictator knows that when citizens are down and out and suffering, they are easier to control. Someone in charge surely has the balls to step in and control his behavior and those around him who support idiot.
 
 
+14 # Kootenay Coyote 2018-12-30 09:09
Curious: so how can the USA, with its booming economy (according to Trump), afford all the tax breaks to the rich & super-rich, or supply correct ending to the inauditable Pentagon, or afford that damned wall?