House passes budget that targets feds’ retirement, health benefits

The House on Thursday passed a fiscal year 2018 budget resolution that will make cuts to federal employees’ and retirees’ retirement and health benefits.

The House of Representatives approved (H.Con. Res. 71) by a vote of 219 to 206. The resolution calls for the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, which oversees federal compensation and retirement programs, to cut $32 billion over the next 10 years,  which specifically targets retirement and health benefits of federal and postal workers and retirees, as these benefits are the only substantial mandatory spending under OGR’s jurisdiction.

“This budget resolution was touted as setting the stage for tax changes that will provide a break to hard-working, middle class Americans,” National Active and Retired Federal Employees Association President Richard G. Thissen said in a statement in response to the resolution’s passage. “In reality, it sets the stage for broken promises, lower paychecks, and less retirement and health security for hard-working, middle class public servants,” he added.

Thissen continued, “The policies required to meet that target range from bad to worse—from imposing a ‘retirement tax’ on these workers by raising payroll contributions toward retirement without any benefit increase, to dramatically reducing the value of federal pensions for those nearing, or even in, retirement.“

Reader comments

Tue, Feb 13, 2018

The Federal Government is so bloated we need cuts somewhere. The Post Office get s cheaper Blue Cross that the rest of government workers, is that fair?

Wed, Dec 27, 2017 Ralph USA

I agree, I'm convinced Republicans hate federal workers. I watch the news and see Republicans talking about how over paid federal workers are. Yet, I hear people who work outside, wanting a shot at the retirement system complain how they take a $20K pay cut to work for government to become a government employee. I also read how DOD is 2,000 pilots short because they are leaving for more lucrative jobs elsewhere. And watch how contracting is struggling to find contactors (worth anything) wanting to work for Government because of the "demanded pay cuts" even to contractors by these self loving Republicans who hate "overpaid" government workers. Frankly, I smell a disaster on the horizon. When you know you aren't appreciated, you will go to work somewhere else where you are appreciated. FERS really has no solid bind to hold much loyalty like CSRS did.

Tue, Oct 17, 2017

I worked for the Federal Gov for 31 years and I want every penny of my pension!! Everyone must write and call their reps and complain about this! This is OUTRAGEOUS.

Fri, Oct 13, 2017

Time to reduce the salaries of the congress and senate and streamline their staff. Also no more fact finding junkets, free meals and gym benefits. Vote them out any chance possible and enact term limits.

Fri, Oct 13, 2017 Bruce Aberdeen

Folks - we need to get word out to all Feds - retirees and active. Contact their representatives and Senators. Make sure they know they will be held accountable at next election.

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