Published: Mon, January 23, 2017
U.S. | By Eddie Scott

US President Donald Trump orders freeze on Federal hiring

US President Donald Trump orders freeze on Federal hiring

President Trump signed executive orders and a memorandum on his first full work day of his presidency, some of which addressed campaign pledges he made.

Federal workforce experts say a hiring freeze - which Trump repeatedly promised during the campaign - would lead to more opportunities for private contractors and may make it more hard for the government to hire top talent.

The pay freeze will also prevent federal workers from getting pay increases.

President Trump's executive order excludes employees working on national security and defense issues, which accounts for roughly two-thirds of the current federal workforce.

The memorandum signed by Trump's is similar to one that President George W. Bush signed at the start of his administration in 2001.

This prompted a pushback from congressional Republicans, who argued the federal officals should wait to bring on any additional employees until after Trump took the oath of office. "President Trump's federal hiring freeze will result in more government waste as agencies are forced to hire high-priced contractors to do the work that federal employees can and should be doing".

In a statement, Vermont Sen.

Rep. Nancy Pelosi, the Democratic minority leader, noted that the Democrats have opposed the Trans-Pacific Partnership and urged him to move beyond symbolic action. He has renewed President Reagan's policy to ensure American taxpayers are not forced to subsidize abortions anywhere in the world. Both Obama and ex-President Bill Clinton revoked the deal.

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