Executive orders

Trump signs order freezing federal worker pay hike

Trump holding up an executive order
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President Trump signed an executive order Friday eliminating a 2.1% pay raise for federal workers due to take effect in January, following through on a pledge he made in August, CNN reports.

The backdrop: In a letter to House Speaker Paul Ryan earlier this year, Trump wrote that the pay freeze is intended "to put our Nation on a fiscally sustainable course," and that "federal agency budgets cannot sustain such increases." The executive order comes as 380,000 federal employees remain furloughed and 420,000 continue to work without pay as a result of the government shutdown, per CNN.

Trump to sign executive order on opportunity zones

President Trump and Sen. Tim Scott (R-S.C.) at an event about opportunity zones. Photo: Alex Wong/Getty Images

President Trump today is expected to sign an executive order related to opportunity zones, a part of last year's tax bill designed to increase investment and economic development in underserved communities.

The big picture: The signing was supposed to happen at a big event in Baltimore, but it now will take place in the White House. The official explanation for canceling on Charm City was "scheduling," but it couldn't have helped that neither Maryland's Republican Gov. Larry Hogan nor Baltimore's Democratic Mayor Catherine Pugh planned to attend. Or maybe it's the reports on how Jared Kushner and Ivanka Trump could personally benefit from the opportunity zones, which they've championed, via their existing real estate holdings.

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