President Trump announced his intention to cut pay raises for civilian government workers in a letter he sent to Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) on Thursday.
Trump’s letter cites his authority in times of “national emergency or serious economic conditions affecting the general welfare” to make changes to the 2018 pay schedule for federal employees.
Workers were scheduled for a 1.9 percent raise, repeating the pattern of the last four years under President Obama. Trump will lower that to 1.4 percent.
“We must maintain efforts to put our Nation on a sustainable fiscal course,” Trump wrote.
“A pay increase of this magnitude is not warranted, and Federal agency budgets could not accommodate such an increase while still maintaining support for key Federal priorities such as those that advance the safety and security of the American people.”
Trump will maintain the 2.1 percent pay increase for members of the military, according to The Hill.
“I strongly support our men and women in uniform, who are the greatest fighting force in the world and the guardians of American freedom,” Trump wrote. “As our country continues to recover from serious economic conditions affecting the general welfare, we must work to rebuild our military’s readiness and capabilities.”