The Trump administrationís consideration of a wage freeze for federal employees is one piece of a renewed multifront Republican push to shrink those workersí pay, benefits and workforce.

That effort has been around for years, but it now has an intellectual champion in the White House, and I donít mean President Trump.

Confidential administration information released last week by Sen. Claire McCaskill (Mo.), the leading Democrat on the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, revealed*an administration proposal to freeze federal salaries*in fiscal 2019. That is the third piece in a pattern that includes Trumpís 2018 budget proposal to cut the employer contribution to retirement benefits and the House Republican plan to have retirees pay more out of pocket for their health insurance.

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