The Senate Appropriations Committee emphatically beat back an amendment to strike the pay raise during a markup in June, rejecting the proposal in a 2-29 vote and keeping the raise. It is worth noting that the Senate spending plan did receive some opposition from the White House, as Trump has recommended freezing federal salary despite increasing pay by 1.4 percent a year ago, according to Washington's Top News. Trump has touted the military pay bump, which was authorized by a giant $716 billion defense bill he signed earlier this month.
The letter, while indicative of the Trump administration's often-adversarial stance toward the two million-member federal workforce, is largely symbolic.
"I have determined that for 2019, both across the board pay increases and locality pay increases will be set at zero", he wrote.
Trump informed House and Senate leaders in a letter on Thursday. The House's version did not address federal pay. In addition, a yearly adjustment of paychecks based on the region of the country where a worker is posted - the "locality pay increase" - was due to take effect.
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In his letter, Trump stressed a pay freeze would not affect the federal government's ability to attract qualified workers, and wrote the government would focus on "recruiting, retaining and rewarding high-performing Federal employees and those with critical skill sets".
"President Trump's plan to freeze wages for these patriotic workers next year ignores the fact that they are worse off today financially than they were at the start of the decade", said J. David Cox Sr., president of the American Federation of Government Employees, which represents some 700,000 federal workers.
Besides an across-the-board pay increase of 2.1 percent scheduled to go into effect in January 2019, Trump noted that locality pay increases taking place in high cost-of-living areas would amount to $25 billion.
The Congressional Budget Office (CBO) estimates that $804 billion will be added to the federal budget deficit by the end of this year, $139 billion more than was recorded last year. Mark Warner, D-Va., called it "the latest attack in the Trump Administration's war on federal employees. I can think of nothing more hypocritical or disingenuous than to turn around and throw hardworking federal employees under the bus on the pretext of fiscal responsibility". Also that month, Trump signed three executive orders that made it easier to fire civilian employees and put new limits on union activity.