Sep 01 2018
"We must maintain efforts to put our Nation on a fiscally sustainable course, and Federal agency budgets can not sustain such increases", said Trump.
An across-the-board 2.1% pay increase for federal workers was slated to take effect in January.
Specifically, I have determined that for 2019, both across the board pay increases and locality pay increases will be set at zero.
"The President and his party, which controls both houses of Congress, have had every chance over the last 18 months to get serious about tackling our fiscal challenges", Warner said in a statement.
Congress can override the president's pay freeze through legislation.
Sen. Benjamin L. Cardin, a Maryland Democrat representing many federal workers living in the D.C. area, quickly criticized the move. Senate and House negotiators will negotiate a final measure in the coming weeks.
For 2019, the administration is projecting the deficit will top $1 trillion and stay above that level for the next three years.
Trump cited the "significant" cost of employing federal workers as justification for denying the pay increases, and 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".
The implications of Trump's decision on the locality pay increase were not immediately clear.
Islamabad denies Pompeo, Khan discussed terrorism in Pakistan
With respect to Afghanistan, both the leaders agreed that peace is a priority for the two countries. There are no mentions at all in the conversation about terrorists operating in Pakistan.
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State and County Emergency Management Agency officials are urging residents to stay up-to-date and prepare for Hurricane Lane. The hurricane threat has forced residents to scramble to stock up on essential items such as water, toilet paper and ramen.
Why England's sorry Sunday at Trent Bridge is actually worth celebrating
His next three wickets came in the space of three balls across the 31st and 33rd over, during which he was on a hattrick as well. However, Virat Kohli on Saturday missed out on a well-deserved Test century by a whisker as his 97 came off 152 balls.
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.
Members of the military are still set to receive a 2.6 percent pay hike. Under the complex federal pay law, in that case such a message must be issued by the end of August to prevent a much larger raise from taking effect automatically should no decision be made by the end of the year. That measure was part of a four-bill, $154 billion package that passed the Senate 92-6 earlier this month.
The administration's July budget update projected a deficit of $890 million for the fiscal year that ends September 30, up from the February estimate of $873 billion.
"These numbers are very, very sustainable - this isn't a one-time shot", he said last month after figures showed the U.S. economy grew at a 4.1% annual rate in the second quarter of the year.
This is not the first time in recent history that a president has frozen civilian federal pay raises.
A federal judge overturned numerous provisions last week, and the administration says it will comply with the order. "Instead, the President ballooned the deficit by trillions of dollars with a tax giveaway primarily benefitting [sic] big business and the wealthiest Americans".
The Trump administration proposed $143.5 billion in cuts to federal employee compensation in May, including substantial decreases in retirement funding. A veto of a spending bill could lead to a federal government shutdown.
The state with the largest number of federal workers is California, followed by Virginia, the District of Columbia and Texas.
Trump is right to point out the scary fiscal situation.
Sep 01 2018
Watch Faith Hill Perform at Aretha Franklin's Funeral
The church's choir sang Franklin's "Say a Little Prayer" and her version of "Bridge Over Troubled Water" as mourners arrived. Chaka Khan, Ariana Grande and Smokey Robinson were among those who performed and paid tribute during the six-hour service.
Aug 30 2018
Jose Mourinho left Man Utd's dressing room feeling 'uncomfortable' after Spurs loss
The Portuguese manager still retains the support of the Old Trafford hierarchy, yet Mourinho surely knows United are in a hole.
Aug 30 2018
Ryan Giggs: 'Jose Mourinho is the right man for Manchester United'
A reportedly strained relationship with his manager has seen plenty of speculation suggesting Martial's future may lie away from United.
Aug 28 2018
'Not blood and soil': McCain's farewell message to Americans criticizes Trump
The White House issued no formal statement over the weekend about McCain's death, though one was drafted, according to USA media. Our hearts and prayers are with you!"-but it's the Instagram version of that sentiment that's getting all the attention".
Aug 27 2018
Fed's Powell signals more hikes ahead if United States economy remains strong
The rate is now at a range of 1.75 percent to 2 percent, well above the near-zero level the Fed kept it at from late 2008 to 2015 but still historically low.
Aug 27 2018
Prolific playwright Neil Simon dead at 91
Simon served in the military and then worked with his older brother Danny on producing jokes for television and radio scripts. At the end of his life , he was married to his fourth wife, Elaine Joyce, an actress to whom he was married in 1999.
Aug 26 2018
Iranian presence in Syria on tap for key US, Russia meeting
The two failed to release a joint statement due to disagreements on the subject of election meddling , which was raised several times during the meeting , says Bolton .
Aug 23 2018
Trump to relax carbon limits on power plants to support USA coal
Trump's regulations have to go through a 60-day public comment period before they are finalized. The Clean Power Plan faced powerful opposition from almost the moment it was signed.
Aug 23 2018
Ex-Trump lawyer Cohen pleads guilty in hush-money scheme
Meanwhile, in Virginia , Trump's former campaign manager was convicted of financial crimes and faces up to 240 years in jail. The judge in the case declared a mistrial for ten other financial charges after the jurors were unable to reach a verdict.
Aug 19 2018
The New Yorker pays tribute to Aretha Franklin
The image is from a 2014 performance at the White House, where she sang for former US president Barack Obama and Michelle Obama . Ariana told her to text an MP3, but Franklin ended up mailing her a package, which arrived months later.
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