Trump or­ders pay freeze for fed­eral work­ers

Lexington Herald-Leader (Sunday) - - News - — WASHINGTON POST

Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump is­sued an or­der Fri­day to freeze civil­ian fed­eral em­ployee salary rates at cur­rent lev­els in 2019, al­though a chance re­mains that em­ploy­ees will still re­ceive a raise.

Trump’s or­der was ex­pected since he has ad­vo­cated a freeze all year. It was nec­es­sary un­der the com­plex law gov­ern­ing fed­eral pay to pre­vent a large raise from tak­ing ef­fect by de­fault since Congress did not de­cide on a raise.

The or­der comes as some 800,000 fed­eral em­ploy­ees are in un­paid sta­tus due to the par­tial gov­ern­ment shut­down that now has lasted a week. Of those, about 380,000 have been fur­loughed while the rest are still on the job, al­though with­out pay.

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