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Complete Trump budget released, calls for pay freeze

from NARFE

Last week, President Trump released a complete fiscal year 2020 (FY20) budget request, which continues the administration's attack on the federal workforce by proposing a calendar year 2020 pay freeze in addition to numerous cuts to federal retirement benefits.

Unlike the extensive list of other proposed cuts to federal pay and benefits in the Trump budget, the president can enact a pay freeze without prior congressional approval. Absent congressional action, a pay freeze would take effect come the first pay period of next year. This is why NARFE calls on Congress to once again reject the president’s proposed pay freeze and enact a pay increase for 2020 through the appropriations process. A federal pay freeze during a time of private-sector wage growth and economic strength will only undermine the effectiveness and morale of a federal workforce still in recovery after the unnecessary and record-breaking 35-day government shutdown. Please join us and tell Congress to reject the president's pay freeze, and pass a competitive pay raise through appropriations.

Federal employees deserve better than to have a target on their backs each time the budget process comes around. We must not stand idly by while the administration acknowledges the contributions and sacrifices of our dedicated federal workforce by proposing substantial cuts to their earned pay and benefits. more

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