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Donald Trump Opposes Salary Hike for Federal Employees

Donald Trump Opposes Salary Hike for Federal Employees

Sentinel Digital DeskBy : Sentinel Digital Desk

  |  1 Sep 2018 9:20 AM GMT

Washington: US President Donald Trump voiced his opposition to any salary hike for federal employees, prompting a bipartisan backlash. “I have determined that for 2019, both across-the-board pay increases and locality pay increases will be set at zero,” Trump on Thursday said in a letter to House Speaker Paul Ryan, Xinhua reported.

Trump said the planned locality pay increase of 25.7 percent and across the board pay increase of 2.1 percent could not be sustained by Federal budgets. The locality pay increase alone would cost 25 billion U.S. dollars, he said. Trump said he is exercising power to stall pay rises in cases of “national emergency or serious economic conditions affecting the general welfare.” The move has sparked a backlash from both Democratic and Republican Congress members, criticizing Trump for blocking pay hike for civilian employees. (IANS)

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