Sen. Chris Coons, ranking member of the Senate Appropriations Financial Services and General Government Subcommittee, released a statement Aug. 31 on President Donald Trump’s decision to zero-out a pay raise for civilian federal employees, including thousands of federal workers in Delaware.

“It is unacceptable that after last year signing a Republican tax bill that gave away tens of billions in corporate tax cuts and added more than $1 trillion to the national debt, President Trump cites the need for government belt-tightening in his decision to slash a planned pay increase for federal employees. These are hardworking, honorable public servants who protect our communities and serve fellow Americans — from leading game-changing medical research to keeping our water clean and rushing to our aid during hurricanes and other natural disasters,” said Coons.

“As ranking member of the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Financial Services and General Government, I worked on a bipartisan basis to include a well-deserved 1.9 percent cost-of-living adjustment for federal employees in the 2019 funding bill. I won’t stop fighting for this much-needed raise in next year’s budget,” said Coons.