President Trump on Thursday canceled a scheduled 2.1 percent across-the-board pay raise for federal workers, as he faces an exploding federal deficit.
“In light of our Nation’s fiscal situation, Federal employee pay must be performance-based, and aligned strategically toward recruiting, retaining, and rewarding high-performing Federal employees and those with critical skill sets,” Trump wrote in a letter to the Speaker of the House and the President of the Senate.
Trump added that he had the authority to propose an alternative pay schedule based on Title 5 of the U.S. Code, which allows the president to alter scheduled pay changed he deems it inappropriate in light of “national emergency or serious economic conditions affecting the general welfare.”
Members of the military, on the other hand, are on schedule to receive their 2.6 percent pay increase.
According to Newsweek, the president has spent 150 days of his presidency at Trump National Golf Club in Sterling, Virginia. And since he has only assumed the office of the presidency for 582 days, that means that he has spent roughly 25 percent of his career as president at his own golf club.
The Inquistr notes:
Additionally, out of the 582 days that Trump has been president, 193 days of those have been spent at other Trump properties. So, that’s 150 days at Trump National Golf Club and 43 more days at other Trump properties across the United States. That leaves 389 days that have not been spent at Trump properties.
This past July, the Washington Post estimated that Trump’s frequent golf outings have cost American taxpayers upwards of $72 million, though the figure has yet to be confirmed.
The Hill notes:
The proposal sets up a fight with Congress, which could effectively overturn the act in upcoming spending legislation. Without such intervention, the move would affect most of the 2.1 million federal employees around the nation, about 1.7 million of which live in areas outside of the Washington, D.C. metro area.
Last year, the Trump administration approved a 1.4 percent increase in federal pay and a 2.4 percent increase in military pay.
Trump’s 2019 budget proposal sought to freeze federal pay, but the Senate Appropriations Committee included a 1.9 percent pay bump in its spending plans for 2019. The House version of the bill did not include such an increase, and sought reductions to spending on federal pension plans. The two chambers are scheduled to meet in the coming weeks to work out differences in their bills, which could effectively override Trump’s move to cut pay. Trump has not indicated if he would veto such a measure if it included a pay increase.
Rep. Eric Swalwell (D-Calif.) blasted Trump’s announcement in a Tweet, saying that his actions “screwed” federal employees.
“To the hard-working federal employees Trump just screwed by cutting pay — the folks who run our parks, protect our communities, & serve our veterans: YOU MATTER. If billionaires can get tax cuts, you should get a COLA. You work hard for America & that should add up to something,” he wrote.
To the hard-working federal employees Trump just screwed by cutting pay — the folks who run our parks, protect our communities, & serve our veterans: YOU MATTER. If billionaires can get tax cuts, you should get a COLA. You work hard for America & that should add up to something.
— Rep. Eric Swalwell (@RepSwalwell) August 30, 2018