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USTrump signs executive order giving employees time off on Christmas Eve

08:05  19 december  2018
08:05  19 december  2018 Source:   usatoday.com

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Trump signs executive order giving employees time off on Christmas Eve . John Fritze. Trump signed an executive order declaring that “all executive departments and agencies of the federal government shall be closed” on Monday, continuing a loosely followed tradition when Christmas falls

In an executive order issued late Tuesday, Trump said "all executive departments and agencies of the Presidents often give federal employees some time off around Christmas , but it This year's day off comes as Trump is prepared to sign legislation giving federal employees an average pay

Trump signs executive order giving employees time off on Christmas Eve© Mary F. Calvert/ REUTERS U.S. President Donald Trump and First Lady Melania Trump, with Vice President Mike Pence and his wife Karen greet guests at the Congressional Ball at the White House in Washington, U.S., December 15, 2018. REUTERS/Mary F. Calvert WASHINGTON - President Donald Trump is giving the gift of time-off to federal employees, announcing Tuesday he will excuse government workers from duty on Christmas Eve.

Trump signed an executive order declaring that “all executive departments and agencies of the federal government shall be closed” on Monday, continuing a loosely followed tradition when Christmas falls on a Tuesday.

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President Trump is giving most federal employees Christmas Eve off this holiday season. 24. He signed the same executive order last year. The order will give an estimated 2.1 million executive It’s not uncommon for presidents to give some time off around the holidays, but it typically occurs

Federal employees were offered an early holiday gift this year from President Trump when he signed an executive order that relieved workers from their duties on Christmas Eve . The decree issued on Tuesday on the White House’s website declared that every executive department and agencies

Trump signed the order amid uncertainty this year about whether the government will be open in coming days or subject to a partial shutdown. Lawmakers and the White House are wrangling over a government funding bill that must be approved by Friday to avoid a shutdown.

Christmas is a holiday for the federal government but presidents have approached Christmas Eve inconsistently when it falls mid-week. President Barack Obama allowed employees to go home early on Christmas Eve in 2015 and gave the workers the day off on Dec. 26 the year before, a Friday.

During his presidency, George W. Bush also regularly allowed federal employees to take off Christmas Eve. Christmas fell on a Monday last year, so employees did not receive additional time.

Trump’s order, like others before it, exempt employees responsible for “national security, defense, or other public need.”

This article originally appeared on USA TODAY: Trump signs executive order giving employees time off on Christmas Eve

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