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12.22.17

IFPTE Applauds Proactive Efforts to Protect Federal Pay, Benefits

IFPTE and other organizations representing federal workers were pleased to see that just prior to the holiday various efforts by Hill lawmakers were undertaken to protect federal employees in the event of a government shutdown, as well as through the budget negotiations process. Included in that effort were the following:

1. A December 20th house letter led by Representative Gerry Connolly (D-VA), Elijah Cummings (D-MD) and Jamie Raskin (D-MD) signed by 95 house members urging Speaker Ryan and Minority Leader Pelosi to, “oppose any further cuts to federal employee pay and benefits to offset increased discretionary spending…”;

2. A bipartisan December 1st letter to President Trump signed by five Republicans and seven Democrats urging the President to honor pay parity between the military and civilian workers by agreeing to, “use your authority to increase civilian pay by 2.4% in 2018.”;

3. December 20th introduction of The Federal Employee Retroactive Pay Fairness Act (HR 4694), a bipartisan bill co-authored by Virginia Representatives Don Beyer (D-VA) and Rob Wittman (R-VA), to, “provide for the compensation of federal employees furloughed during a government shutdown.”

IFPTE issued a response to these efforts saying that, “in these times of hyper-partisanship and ideological driven attacks against government workers by the current majority in the Congress, seeing these bipartisan efforts by thoughtful lawmakers is refreshing and welcomed. IFPTE applauds these efforts and will work with these lawmakers to protect federal worker benefits and pay as the Congress continues to work on a funding agreement and other priorities throughout 2018.”

RELATED:
(12/22/2017) – IFPTE in the News: NextGov.com, Feds Avoid Shutdown, But Larger Threat Looms in the New Year

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