Sen. Heinrich Addresses Trump Decision To Cancel Federal Pay Increases

Sep 5, 2018

Credit U.S. Senator Martin Heinrich (D-NM)

President Trump recently cancelled a 2.1 percent cost-of-living adjustment and a locality pay increase due to take effect in January 2019 for more than 2 million civilian federal employees.

Trump sent a letter to House and Senate leaders on Aug. 30 stating that locality pay increases would cost the federal government $25 billion "in addition to a 2.1 percent across-the-board increase for the base General Schedule," which covers the majority of civilian federal workers.

Michael Hernandez spoke on the phone with U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich about the President's decision and what it means for federal employees in New Mexico.