Trump can­cels pay raise fed­eral work­ers due in Jan­uary

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WASHINGTON » Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump in­formed Congress on Thurs­day that he is can­cel­ing pay raises due in Jan­uary for most civil­ian fed­eral em­ploy­ees, cit­ing bud­get con­straints. But the work­ers still could see a slightly smaller boost in their pay un­der a pro­posal law­mak­ers are con­sid­er­ing.

Trump said he was ax­ing a 2.1 per­cent across-the-board raise for most work­ers as well as lo­cal­ity pay in­creases av­er­ag­ing 25.7 per­cent and cost­ing $25 bil­lion.

“We must main­tain ef­forts to put our na­tion on a fis­cally sus­tain­able course,” Trump said. The pres­i­dent last year signed tax cuts.

Trump cited the “sig­nif­i­cant” cost of em­ploy­ing fed­eral work­ers as jus­ti­fi­ca­tion for deny­ing the pay in­creases, and he called for fed­eral worker pay to be based on per­for­mance and struc­tured to­ward re­cruit­ing, re­tain­ing and re­ward­ing “high-per­form­ing fed­eral em­ploy­ees and those with crit­i­cal skill sets.”

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