Trump Says He Will ‘Study’ Federal-Worker Pay

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CHARLOTTE, N.C.—President Trump stated on Friday that he would spend the Labor Day vacation weekend “learning” the freeze on pay will increase for civilian federal staff in 2019 that he had instituted a day earlier.

“Individuals don’t wish to give them any improve” in wage, he added, with out elaborating, at an occasion right here.

On Thursday, Mr. Trump stated he would invoke his emergency authority to freeze pay for greater than two million civilian federal staff subsequent 12 months, citing the necessity to restrain the expansion of federal spending.

“We should keep efforts to place our nation on a fiscally sustainable course, and Federal company budgets can’t maintain such will increase,” he wrote in a letter to Congress.

Democrats and federal staff’ unions decried the Republican president’s transfer, coming at a time of vigorous financial development and after Congress handed a sweeping tax lower that congressional scorekeepers estimate will improve the finances deficit by $1 trillion over a decade.

Congress additionally reached a finances settlement this 12 months to spice up federal spending by practically $300 billion in 2018 and 2019.

Underneath present legislation, federal civilian staff had been set to obtain a 2.1% across-the-board pay improve starting on Jan. 1, 2019, earlier than Mr. Trump stated he was eliminating these raises.

Mr. Trump additionally stated on Thursday that he would scrap extra raises, which differ by location, geared toward bringing federal pay consistent with private-sector salaries.

The president on Friday didn’t elaborate on whether or not he may reverse the order and provide pay will increase to federal staff. “I stated I’m going to review that over the weekend,” Mr. Trump stated. “I’m going to take a protracted, onerous look over the weekend.”

Appeared within the September 1, 2018, print version as ‘Trump To ‘Research’ Federal Pay Freeze.’

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