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Democrats say Trump to seek federal pay freeze and cuts to domestic security

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canada goose outlet The two reports are based on budget guidance from the Office of Management and Budget (OMB), dated Nov. 28, overruling Department of Homeland Security (DHS)requests. The guidance was leaked to the panel’s Democratic staff by a whistleblower. Sen. Claire Canada Goose Jackets McCaskill (Mo.), the committee’s top Democrat, had the staff issuesummaries of the OMB document. One report focuses on personnel, the other on counterterrorism programs. canada goose outlet

canada goose outlet new york city Although the budget documents concern DHS, the personnel summary says “OMB intends to issue a pay freeze for federal civilian employees in 2019.” Quoting the administration’s document, the staff report adds: canadian goose jacket “OMB has instructed DHS: ‘Per governmentwide guidance, no civilian http://www.mycanadagoosejacket.org pay raise is included in the recommended level for Canada Goose Online the FY 2019 Budget.’ ” canada goose outlet new york city

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canada goose outlet black friday “I’m worried that the Office of Management and Budget is overriding what local, state, and national leaders have told me they most need to keep us safe,” McCaskill said. “With recent terrorist attacks in our country and throughout the globe, counterterrorism programs shouldn’t be on the chopping block.” canada goose outlet black friday

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canada goose black friday sale Federal employees had a three year freeze on their basic pay rates during the Obama administration. Another freeze “may present challenges for DHS components wishing to retain qualified employees. Morale and attrition within DHS have long been problems that the Department has struggled to fix,” the committee staff report said. canada canada goose store goose black friday sale

canada goose outlet store uk “The absence of a pay increase for law enforcement personnel may not allow DHS to remain competitive with other law enforcement agencies with whom they compete for qualified applicants. This is especially true as DHS components have historically struggled to meet hiring mandates.” canada goose outlet store uk

OMB did not respond to a request for comment. Leaders of the two largest federal employee unions that represent DHS staffers and employees in many other agencies blasted the proposed cuts.

canada goose outlet shop “Federal employees all across the country go to work every day to serve our veterans, secure our skies, and support our troops. And yet federal employees make around 35 percent canada goose uk shop less than private sector workers in the same jobs.,” said J. David Cox Sr., president of the American Federation of Government Employees. His figure refers to data developed by theFederal Salary Council, but it is disputed by conservative researchers. canada goose outlet shop

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canada goose outlet in usa National Treasury Employees Union President Tony Reardon said “we are alarmed by media reports that internal documents contain a proposal to freeze pay for all civilian federal employees. We are still fighting for a fair raise in 2018, above the 1.4 percent across the board raise the administration is calling for. canada goose outlet Private sector wages for 2018 are expected to rise by 3 percent. canada goose outlet in usa

canada goose outlet reviews “Unlike previous years without pay increases,” he added, “a pay freeze in 2019 would come canada goose uk outlet during a time when the private sector job market is healthy and the overall economy is growingIt would make it harder for the government to recruit and retain the highly skilled professionals needed to protect our security, our economy and our public health. cheap canada goose uk A pay freeze would be a callous attack on middle class Americans who have chosen to serve their country and their fellow citizens.” canada goose outlet reviews.

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