US President Donald Trump announced a decision to cancel the planned increase in salaries for most federal employees. Adjustments in the salary statements of officials were to take effect on January 2019, as reported by the press service of the White House.
In a written address to the leaders of both chambers of the Congress, Trump explained his decision with a deficit in the state budget.
“These alternative pay plan decisions will not materially affect our ability to attract and retain a well‑qualified Federal workforce,” the US president said he believed.
In the letter, the American leader noted that such measures would save $ 25 billion for the US budget.
According to US law, 2.1% increase in salaries for civil servants occurs automatically at the beginning of each year in the event that the previous year the president and congress did not adopt a decision otherwise. Thus, if legislators support Trump’s decision, then the salaries of federal employees will not be indexed in 2019.