Press Release ● GOP Tax Law
For Immediate Release: 
August 30, 2018
Contact Info: 
Annaliese Davis 202-225-3130
WASHINGTON, DC - House Democratic Whip Steny H. Hoyer (MD) released the following statement today on the Trump Administration’s announcement that it is eliminating annual pay increases and locality adjustments for the federal workforce in 2019:

“For someone who claims to be a leadership maven, President Trump certainly gives the impression through his actions that he has no idea how to run an effective organization.  Cutting federal pay is not the way to run the best government possible or to recruit and retain the most talented Americans to serve their fellow countrymen.  By eliminating modest annual pay increases and locality adjustments in 2019, which help salaries keep up with inflation, President Trump is effectively taking away from every federal civilian employee’s hard-earned paycheck.  These are middle-class workers who show up every day to serve their fellow Americans, often at pay already lower than in the private sector. 

“This comes on the heels of the Trump-Republican tax scam that raises taxes on middle-class families across the country to put more money into the pockets of the wealthiest 1%.  No one can have any further doubt who this President serves and who he and his allies in Congress put first.

“I will be working with Members who care about the quality of our federal workforce to overturn the Administration’s decision in the weeks ahead.  Civilian federal employees deserve the same pay increase that members of the military serving in noncombat roles will receive in 2019.”