Delegation representing the D.C. Metropolitan Area wrote they did not want President Donald J. Trump to delete the pay step increase for federal workers.
On Wednesday in a letter, eight members of the U.S. House delegation asked House Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, Speaker Paul Ryan, Minority Leader Charles Schumer and Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi to consider approving a 1.9 percent increase for federal employees in place of Trump’s proposal to cancel the pay increase.
Rep. John Delaney (D-6), Rep. Anthony Brown (D-4), Rep. Steny Hoyer (D-5), Rep. John Sarbanes (D-3), Rep. Jamie Raskin (D-8), Rep. Gerry Connolly (D-Va.), Rep. Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-D.C) and Rep. Donald Beyer Jr. (D-Va.) co-wrote and signed the letter.
Without Trump’s proposed change, federal workers were scheduled to see a pay increase of 2.1 percent on the first pay period after Jan. 1, 2019.
“It is beyond cynical that the President would cite serious economic and fiscal concerns to justify his decision to cancel a pay adjustment for middle-class workers while he tweets constantly about economic gains and touts a tax bill that exploded the deficit by $1.5 trillion,” the Congress members wrote.
Trump told Ryan he intended to cancel the pay step increase for federal workers.
“Title 5, United States Code, authorizes me to implement alternative plans for pay adjustments for civilian Federal employees covered by the General Schedule and certain other pay systems if, because of ‘national emergency or serious economic conditions affecting the general welfare,’ I view the increases that would otherwise take effect as inappropriate,” wrote Trump.
He cited the cost of pay increases of federal employees unsustainable.
“Under current law, locality pay increases averaging 25.70 percent, costing $25 billion, would go into effect in January 2019, in addition to a 2.1 percent across-the-board increase for the base General Schedule,” Trump wrote. “We must maintain efforts to put our Nation on a fiscally sustainable course, and Federal agency budgets cannot sustain such increases.”