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Trump’s Executive Order Freezing Federal Pay Saves Taxpayers From Extraordinary Pay Increases




President Donald Trump issued an executive order effectively freezing federal pay for 2019 at current 2018 levels.

Had the president not issued this executive order (and lacking congressional action on federal pay), federal workers would have received a 2.1 percent across-the-board pay increase, as well as a 25 percent increase in locality-based pay.

A 2.1 percent across-the-board increase would have cost roughly $5 billion in 2019 while the locality-based increase would have cost a reported $26 billion.

That exceptional pay spike would have kicked in had the president not acted and had the default changes specified in the 1990 Federal Employees Pay Comparability Act kicked in instead. That act provides for annual federal pay increases based on the Bureau of Labor Statistics’ Employment Cost Index, which tracks civilian employment costs.



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  1. But our deficit this year was close to 1 Trillion and most of it came from tax cuts to corporations and the wealthy.
    There a people feeding their children and family and guess what some of them are federal employees.
    5 Billion saved while 100’s and 100’s billions WASTED.
    And you applaud when these crooks take more from the working poor…..
    evangelical monster is what you are!!! your self love is apparent. your hatred for others shines through. Evangelical FAKE.

  2. Electorally, the tax cuts were losers, because for the average American they were insignificant enough to go largely unnoticed. The average Republican politician, though, made out like a bandit. The median Republican senator was worth $1.4 million according to Roll Call when the tax cuts were signed into law. Thanks to the Trump tax breaks, millionaires, including these senators, collectively saved an estimated $17.4 billion according to a report from the Joint Committee on Taxation. The same men who pushed this law through, and their donors and backers likely even more so, also benefited immensely from it.
    Those federal employees get screwed out of measly 2 percent raise.and evangelicals fake loooooveees it. But she has no problem with Congress critters giving themselves millions.