WASHINGTON (FOX 5 DC) - Now in the second weekend of a partial government shutdown, President Trump has signed an executive order issuing a pay freeze on raises for federal workers.
Virginia Congressman Gerry Connolly (D.-Va.) tweeted Friday about the action, saying President Trump "poured salt on the wounds of federal employees by instituting a pay freeze for 2019 in the middle of the Trump Shutdown."
Today, the President poured salt on the wounds of federal employees by instituting a pay freeze for 2019 in the middle of the Trump Shutdown. Congress must reopen the federal government, make federal employees whole, and restore the dignity of federal service.— Gerry Connolly (@GerryConnolly) December 29, 2018
Federal News Network reported Connolly and Sen. Brian Schatz (D-Hawaii) re-introduced the Federal Adjustment of Income Rates (FAIR) Act in January. The bill called for a 3 percent raise for federal employees for 2019.
Grade 15 federal employees are capped at "Step 8" at $164,200.
"Federal employee pay must be performance-based, and aligned strategically toward recruiting, retaining, and rewarding high-performing Federal employees and those with critical skill sets," said Trump.
Federal News Network reports the pay freeze will not effect those in the military. They will receive a 2.6 percent pay increase in 2019.