Trump Imposes Federal Pay Freeze via Executive Order

President Donald Trump on Friday released an executive order that imposes a freeze on the salary of federal employees, CNN reported Wednesday.

The policy cancels a proposed 2.1 percent salary raise and “locality pay increase,” which are scheduled to take effect in January.

The report said approximately 420K federal personnel go to work without pay and about 380K employees have been furloughed due to a partial government shutdown.

The Washington Post reported that the new policy does not cover military personnel, who are set to get a 2.6 percent salary increase this year.

Sen. Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) said he plans to propose a measure that would push for the pay increase once the new Congress holds its first meeting on Thursday.

House Democrats are set to assume control of the lower chamber on Thursday and are likely to support the pay raise, the report added.
 

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