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Congress Approves Senate's FY18 Budget, Takes Federal Employees Cuts Off The Table...For Now

After IFPTE and many other labor unions weighed in with lawmakers over the last several weeks against $32 billion in mandated federal pension and health benefit cuts called for in the House passed Fiscal Year 2018 (FY18) budget, Congress finally approved a final budget package this week that does not include the offensive House language.

While the non-binding budget package that ultimately passed is far from perfect, as it recommends steep cuts to Medicare and Medicaid, among many other vital national priorities, its real impact is that it sets the table for consideration of a tax reform bill that aims to do away with middle income exemptions to help fund tax cuts for the ultra-wealthy and corporations an issue that IFPTE will weigh-in on in the coming weeks and months.

The final vote in the House to pass the budget package was 216-212. See how your Member of Congress voted.

10/26/2017 House Vote Takes Federal Retirement Cuts Off the Table for Now (GovExec)

10/14/2017 House budget includes $32 billion in cuts to federal benefits (IFPTE in the News, The Meridian Star)

10/18/2017 Senate budget far from great, but it does spare mandated federal employee pay and benefit cuts (IFPTE)

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