President Donald Trump told lawmakers Thursday he wants to cancel a pay raise for federal workers, saying the nation’s budget couldn’t support it, while the Republican tax cut of 2017 adds approximately $1.5 trillion to the federal deficit, according to the nonpartisan Joint Committee on Taxation.. A 2.1 percent pay increase was scheduled to take effect in January, along with a yearly adjustment of paychecks based on the region of the country where a federal worker is posted, or the “locality pay increase.” Trump said both raises should no longer happen. Congress can, however, overrule the President by way of a spending bill. The Senate passed a bill including a 1.9 percent increase for federal workers this summer. Trump will be in Billings, campaigning for GOP Senate Candidate Matt Rosendale, next Thursday at MetraPark Arena. Get more at;

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