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Trump Stops Automatic Pay Raises for Federal Workers in 2019

Aug. 30, 2018, 7:59 PM

President Donald Trump canceled automatic pay raises for civilian federal workers in 2019 as Congress continues to negotiate on salary increases.

Trump made the announcement in a letter released by the White House on Aug. 30 to House Speaker Paul Ryan and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell. Trump cited the need to “maintain efforts to put our Nation on a sustainable fiscal course.”

Congress can still raise federal workers’ pay in spending legislation. The Senate has already approved a 1.9 percent pay increase for next year but the House would still need to approve it. The House version of the...

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