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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 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

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.

Wed, Oct 11, 2017

If they kill the supplement I can't retire. Now they have to pay my salary for 6 more years. Not gonna save them a dime. Just hurt me and others like me.

Tue, Oct 10, 2017

Once again showing that Republicans HATE government workers. Never understand how government workers can vote for them - just robbing their own themselves!

Tue, Oct 10, 2017

This will impact future hires. It sets the foundation to not remain long term as a federal employee as the benefits you are promised will never be a reality at the finish line. Millenials have no long term loyality to the employers, perhaps they have it right.

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