In August, President Donald Trump said that he would cancel the extraordinary pay raise scheduled for Federal civilian employees in 2019. On Friday he signed the Executive Order freezing 2019 federal pay at current 2018 levels for overpaid bureaucrats & other Federal employees.
OVERPAID BUREAUCRATS ARE PAID BY TAXPAYERS WITH MUCH LOWER HOUSEHOLD INCOME
Had the president not issued this executive order, overpaid bureaucrats were set to receive a 2.1% across-the-board pay increase in 2019. The order also cancels the 25% “locality pay increase,” which adjusts paychecks based on the region of the country where workers are posted. This order does NOT impact the 2.6% pay raise for military in 2019.
The average salary for Federal employees in the Washington DC area is $112,600. The average annual HOUSEHOLD income in the U.S.A. is less than $60,000. What is wrong with this picture?
Most federal employees reside in: Washington DC Area (325,000), California (250,000) and Texas (200,000).
TRUMP SAVES TAXPAYERS $31 BILLION WITH A STROKE OF HIS PEN
The across-the-board increase would cost taxpayers about $5 billion in 2019. The 25% locality-based increase would cost a an additional $26 billion.
Without Trump’s Executive Order these exceptional pay increases for overpaid bureaucrats would have kicked in automatically.
As has become the norm in recent decades, presidents typically set their own pay proposal by August 31 and, barring alternative congressional action on federal pay before December 31, the president’s proposal goes into effect. In his first year in office, Trump specified a 1.9% federal pay increase for 2018, including a 1.4% across-the-board increase and 0.5% distributed to locality-based pay.
In August, Trump announced to lawmakers he would scrap the 2019 pay bump for federal workers, saying the federal budget couldn’t support it. This move does not affect a 2.6% pay increase for US troops in 2019 that was passed as part of the defense spending Trump signed in August.
Under the partial government shutdown, about 380,000 federal employees are on furlough and 420,000 are working without pay. The average salary for federal employees in the Washington DC area is $112,600.
Trump and federal lawmakers are still collecting paychecks during the partial shutdown, but many federal workers are not. Congress generally votes to pay federal employees retroactively after shutdowns, but this one is expected to drag on into the new year as Trump pushes for funding for a wall across the southern border. The longest, partial shutdown on record was 16 days long.
Each quarter, President Trump donates his $100,000 quarterly salary to different government programs.
TRUMP’S AUGUST LETTER TO HOUSE & SENATE
In a letter to House and Senate leaders in August, Trump described the pay increase as “inappropriate.”
“We must maintain efforts to put our Nation on a fiscally sustainable course, and Federal agency budgets cannot sustain such increases,” the President wrote. Trump also stressed that a pay freeze would not affect the federal government’s ability to attract qualified workers.
He cited his statutory authority to adjust pay out of “national emergency or serious economic conditions affecting the general welfare.” Democrats in the House & Senate are whining that they just will not, cannot spend $5 Billion for security of Americans. Can Trump transfer this $31 Billion savings to BUILD THE WALL?