“We must maintain efforts to put our nation on a fiscally sustainable course, and federal agency budgets cannot sustain such increases,” President Donald Trump wrote in a letter to congressional leaders. | Evan Vucci/AP Photo
“In light of our nation’s fiscal situation, federal employee pay must be performance-based …” the president wrote in a Thursday letter to congressional leaders.
President Donald Trump is canceling across-the-board pay raises for civilian workers across the federal government, citing the “nation’s fiscal situation.”
“We must maintain efforts to put our nation on a fiscally sustainable course, and federal agency budgets cannot sustain such increases,” the president wrote in a letter Thursday to congressional leaders.
Under Trump’s policy, roughly 1.8 million people won’t get an automatic pay boost next year, including Border Patrol and ICE agents.
Most civilian workers were slated to receive 2.1 percent increase under a years-old government formula. But the president argues that pay raises should be<> tied to “performance,” rather than “across-the-board” increases.
The administration’s stance sets up a funding fight with the Senate, which has already backed a 1.9 percent pay raise for civilian federal employees this year.
Last year, Trump approved an average pay raise of 1.4 percent for federal civilian workers and 2.1 percent for uniformed service members. This year, members of the military are slated for a 2.6 percent raise — the largest in a decade.
Under the Obama administration, civilian workers were subjected to multiple years of pay freezes as the federal government weathered the recession.