Trump Scraps Federal Worker Pay Raise, Cites Crappy GOP Budget

CNN: “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.”

“… A new two-year federal budget and tax cuts heralded by Republicans, have led to accusations Trump is ignoring the federal deficit, despite promising he would address it as president. The tax plan alone is expected to increase the deficit by $1.4 trillion over 10 years, according to a government estimate.”

Sen. Mark Warner, D-Virginia, wrote: ‘Let’s be clear: The President’s decision to cancel any pay increase for federal employees is not motivated by a sudden onset of fiscal responsibility. Today’s announcement has nothing to do with making government more cost-efficient — it’s just the latest attack in the Trump administration’s war on federal employees.'”

“In ordering the raises canceled, Trump cited his statutory authority to adjust pay because of ‘national emergency or serious economic conditions affecting the general welfare.'”



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