President Trump wrote on Thursday, Federal budget could not maintain a planned salary increase for most civilian employees
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President Trump announced Thursday that he is canceling a salary increase by the most civilian Federal employees in January, citing budgetary reasons.
In a letter to the congressional leaders, the President wrote that the locality pay would cost increases of $25 billion. These increases would come on top of a 2.1 per cent-the-board increase for most civilian employees.
“We must continue to make efforts to keep our Nation are not able to increased receive on a tax-sustained rate, and the Federal-Agency budgets, to maintain such,” Trump wrote before the announcement that the increases to pay for 2019, “across-the-board pay increases and locality, are set to zero.”
“This alternative pay plan decisions affect qualified is not essential to our ability to attract and retain well, the Federal workforce, and the” trump card-the letter adds.
The Democratic National Committee, described Trump’s letter as “another slap in the face to the American worker” by the President, while Sen. Mark Warner, D-Va., calling it “the latest attack in the Trump Administration’s war on Federal employees.
“The President and his party controlled both houses of Congress, had every chance over the last 18 months to get serious about tackling our financial challenges,” Warner said in a statement. “Instead, the President long ago the deficit by trillions of dollars with a tax giveaway primarily benefiting [sic] big businesses and the richest Americans. I think of nothing more hypocritical or disingenuous, than turn around and throw hardworking employees of Federal agencies under the bus under the pretext of fiscal responsibility.”
According to the law, the increase of 2.1 percent, attacks automatically unless the President and Congress act to change it. The Congress is currently discussing a proposal for a slightly lower, 1.9 percent across-the-board, in a government funding bill, which would require Trump to keep s signature, most of the government functions up and running last September.
Trade unions, the 2 million-member Federal workforce is urged to pass through the Congress, the 1.9 percent salary increase.
“President Trump’s plan to freeze the wages for these Patriotic workers in the next year ignoring the fact that they are worse off today financially, than they were at the beginning of the decade,” said J. David Cox Sr., President of the American Federation of Government Employees, which represents 700,000 Federal workers.
“You have already endured years of little to no increases and whose paychecks can’t stretch all the more, such as education, health care, costs, gas, and other goods becoming more expensive,” added Tim Reardon, national President of the National Treasury Employees Union.
Cox said Federal workers wages and social benefits have been cut by more than $ 200 billion since 2011, and the workers just 5 percent less than at the beginning of the decade.
In July, Trump administration, a strong upward its deficit estimates are revised compared to the estimates in the budget proposal to Congress sent in February. The worsening of the deficit reflects the impact of the 1.5 trillion-Dollar, 10-year tax cuts and increased spending for the military and domestic programs that Congress approved earlier this year.
The administration of the July budget update projected a deficit of $890 million for the fiscal year ending Sept. 30, up from the February estimate of $873 billion euros. The $890 billion deficit projection represents a 34 percent increase of $666 billion deficit in the government in 2017.
For 2019, the administration’s projection of the deficit is once again top $1 trillion, and remain at this level for the next three years.
The only other time the Federal government ran deficits over $ 1 trillion in the four years from 2009 to 2012, when the government tax cuts and increased spending to combat the financial crisis of 2008 and the worst economic downturn since the 1930s.
Fox News’ Chad Pergram, Jason Thunder, and The Associated Press contributed to this report.