Just in time for the 2018 midterm elections, President Trump has some very bad news for 1.8 million Americans: he’s scrapping the pay raise that they were scheduled to get.
President Donald Trump announced Thursday that he was canceling pay raises for most federal employees that had been set to go into effect in January, citing government budget concerns.
In a letter to House and Senate leaders, Trump wrote that he’d decided “across-the-board” pay raises as well as locality pay raises for civilian federal workers in 2019 would be frozen.
The corrupt president justified the awful move by lying, “We must maintain efforts to put our nation on a fiscally sustainable course.”
That’s a load of BS, of course. In terms of the debate about the nation’s finances, the nation is not on a “fiscally sustainable course,” and not because of some modest pay increases for federal government workers, but because Donald Trump and crooked congressional Republicans recently approved the $1.5-trillion tax cut bill, which almost entirely benefited the wealthy and huge corporations.
Republican policymakers made absolutely no effort to counter the cost of the tax cuts, which is why the White House projects there will be a $1.1 trillion deficit for the next fiscal year, as well as an additional $8 trillion of cumulative deficits added onto the national debt in the next 10 years.
The same Republican officials also passed massive spending increases, like the boost of military spending, which was already out of control and hurting Americans.
This all makes today’s White House lie especially heinous. “We must maintain efforts to put our nation on a fiscally sustainable course”? Which efforts are the ones being “maintained”? Donald Trump and his crappy cohorts have blown a huge hole in the national budget; they’re running some of the biggest non-recession deficits in all of American history; and the stupid president has decided that public-sector workers should give up their raises to shield the irresponsible Republican tax breaks for billionaires.
Trump’s announcement today might not be the last word on the subject, however. Government Executive reported this yesterday, “The announcement comes weeks after the Senate included a 1.9 percent pay increase for federal workers in one of its minibus spending bills, and after the House in its own legislation did not broach the issue of federal compensation, effectively endorsing the pay freeze. Next week, both chambers will begin negotiations to iron out the differences between the two versions of the spending package. If Congress chooses to adopt the Senate’s proposed pay increase, that would effectively override Trump’s pay freeze.”
The fight isn’t over yet.