President Donald Trump will cancel a scheduled pay increase for federal workers that expires in January, saying the nation's budget can not support it.
Trump broke the news in a letter sent to Congress on Thursday.
In the letter, he states that the general increase of 2.1 percent scheduled to begin in January will add billions to the federal deficit and that is above a local wage increase of $ 25 billion.
"We must maintain efforts to put our nation on a fiscally sustainable course, and the budgets of federal agencies can not sustain such increases, I see increases that would otherwise go into effect as inappropriate," the president wrote.
He added that "both general salary increases and local wage increases will be set at zero."
Trump announced that it will cancel the January 2019 pay raises for federal employees on Thursday
The president sent a letter to Congress on Thursday that reveals that widespread increases and local increases will increase more than $ 25 billion to the federal deficit, a measure he considers "inappropriate."
The decision will affect nearly 2.1 million federal employees throughout the country. About 1.7 million of them live in areas outside the DC area, according to The Hill.
However, the president added that canceling the wage increase would not affect the quality of federal government workers.
He wrote that the government would focus on "recruiting, retaining and rewarding high-performing federal employees and those with critical skills."
He cited Title 5 of the US Code of Laws. UU In its decision that allows such financial decisions in "national emergency or serious economic conditions" to affect "the general welfare".
Nine months ago, Trump signed his $ 1.5 trillion tax-cut law. Five months later, he signed a huge bill for spending of $ 1.3 billion.
Both measures provoked violent reactions, as critics said the cuts only benefited businesses and rich Americans, but not everyday citizens.
In spite of the wage increase canceled, army members will still see their recovery checks carried out with a wage increase of 2.6 percent in the new year.
Trump's freeze of payments has provoked outrage online.
The news broke on Twitter causing outrage from politicians and federal employees alike
California representative Norma Torres said Trump made the federal deficit skyrocket and is making federal workers pay for it by losing their increases
California representative Eric Swalwell said: "For hard-working federal employees, Trump simply went bankrupt by reducing payment: YOU MATERNAN"
"For hard-working federal employees, Trump simply missed cutting his salary: the people who run our parks, protect our communities and serve our veterans: YOU IMPORT, if the billionaires can get tax cuts, you should get an [cost of living adjustment]. You work hard for the United States and that should bring something, "Representative Eric Walwell of California wrote Thursday.
& # 39; Step 1: Blow a $ 2 billion hole in the deficit to give tax cuts to the very rich. Step 2: Start a commercial war that requires bailouts of billions of dollars. Step 3: Pretend that federal workers are the problem, "said Representative Norma Jones of California.
"For President Trump, the federal workforce is just a sack of sand," said Rep. Gerry Connolly of Virginia.
The American Federation of Government Employees has urged Congress to annul the president's decision.
"President Trump's plan to freeze the salaries of these patriotic workers next year ignores the fact that today they are worse off economically than they were at the beginning of the decade," said AFGE national president J. David Cox Sr.
"Federal employees have cut their salaries and benefits by more than $ 200 billion since 2011, and are earning almost 5 percent less today than they earned at the beginning of the decade," he added.
Under Trump's administration, the federal deficit has soared as a result of its huge tax exemptions that are expected to reach $ 1 trillion for next year and could grow to $ 1.5 trillion by 2028, according to NBC.