Trump Quietly Slashed Pay Raise for Federal Workers a Day Before Claiming US Economy Is Best ‘In History’

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In a move that drew outrage from labor unions and progressives, President Donald Trump this week quietly took steps to slash a scheduled pay raise for millions of federal workers from 2.5% to 1% due to supposed concerns about “keeping the nation on a fiscally sustainable course.”

“I have determined that for 2021 the across-the-board base pay increase will be limited to 1.0%,” Trump said in a message to Congress on Monday. “This alternative pay plan decision will not materially affect our ability to attract and retain a well‑qualified federal workforce.”

The president’s proposed “adjustment” to the scheduled pay raise will take effect in January 2021 unless Congress passes legislation to override the change.

Just a day after his message to Congress, Trump tweeted, “BEST USA ECONOMY IN HISTORY!”

Critics highlighted the disconnect between the president’s justification for cutting the planned raise for federal workers and his boasts about the state of the U.S. economy.

“Trump claimed we had the ‘BEST USA ECONOMY IN HISTORY’ and cited ‘serious economic conditions affecting the general welfare’ to justify limiting pay increases for federal workers,” tweeted Rep. Steve Cohen (D-Tenn.). “These are contradicting claims. They can’t both be true.”

Slate‘s Elliot Hannon wrote Wednesday that “cutting the 2.5% raise set for 2021 to 1% for millions of federal workers seems a bit austere in the face of such self-proclaimed boom times.”

“Even more absurdly, Trump is justifying ordering the cut on the grounds that the country is in the midst of a ‘national emergency or serious economic conditions affecting the general welfare,’ which the White House says authorizes the president to ‘implement alternative plans for pay adjustments,'” Hannon added. “So which is it? The best economy in the history of economies or a national economic emergency? Either way, somebody’s lying.”

Pat Garofalo, managing editor at Talk Poverty, tweeted that warnings about fiscal sustainability are not credible coming from the president who signed into law $1.5 trillion in tax cuts for the rich in 2017.

 

Trump’s move came on the same day he proposed his budget for the fiscal year 2021, which proposes cutting federal workers’ retirement benefits as well as Medicare, Medicaid, and Social Security.

Tony Reardon, president of the National Treasury Employees Union (NTEU), the largest independent union of federal workers in the U.S., said a 1% pay raise would “do nothing to close the gap between federal employee salaries and their higher-paid private sector counterparts, it won’t keep up with inflation, it won’t keep up with private-sector wage increases.”

“For an administration that has added $3 trillion to the federal debt, gouging federal employee pay and benefits in the name of deficit reduction is ridiculous,” Reardon said in a statement. “NTEU will fight these regressive proposals on retirement while supporting existing legislation calling for a 3.5% pay increase in 2021.”

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7 Comments on "Trump Quietly Slashed Pay Raise for Federal Workers a Day Before Claiming US Economy Is Best ‘In History’"

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chris whitley
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chris whitley

He screwed them last year and he’s going to do it again this year. Greatest economy my ass. Obama smoke this asshole but the ghoul from New York doesn’t want to admit that. He lies about everything and he couldn’t even carry Obama’s tools the greatest looser.

DHG
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Its time a single bill is passed canceling emergency declarations and the ability of the executive to do anything with money not explicitly authorized by Congress. One branch cannot abrogate its authority to another like Congress has done, its not allowed by the Constitution.

Rutokin
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Rutokin

The dipshit claims that the economy is so good than why’d he say what he did? Talk about contradicting statements. What a fcking liar. Anything to keep this working class people down to benefit and pay for that sharyt tax scam

John Johnson
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John Johnson

HE IS JUST AN ASS HOLE!

Gunther
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Gunther

Prison will be too good for this scumbag.

J.M
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trump supporters love the Devil and love breathing sulfur smoke.

Independent
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Independent
So instead of cutting wages for government employees why doesn’t donnie put the wall on hold? Why doesn’t he stay in Washington and save thousands of dollars charging people to protect him at his bar and grill? why doesn’t he learn to read and write so he can sit at his desk and do his job? Why doesn’t he reunite the children with their families? How would he feel if it were his grandchildren? Never mind I forgot for a moment he isn’t human and has no soul or feelings . Why doesn’t he just have the inevitable stroke and… Read more »