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  • Some Dems like Trump emergency declaration — at least as far as reopening government
    Posted in Articles on January 10, 2019 | Preview rr
    Tags: Federal Employees

    The Hill | Some House Democrats are endorsing the idea of President Trumpdeclaring a national emergency at the southern border to dissolve a partisan standoff about funding his border wall and end a weeks-long government shutdown. The supportive Democrats are quick to emphasize they don’t believe the president has the legal authority to declare such an emergency, predicting the maneuver would quickly lead to lawsuits that they themselves would support. But with both Trump and Democratic leaders ... Read more

  • Returning Christmas presents and raiding the kids’ college fund: U.S. Reps. tell their constituents’ stories
    Posted in Articles on January 9, 2019 | Preview rr
    Tags: Federal Employees

    Washington Post | Eight House Democrats who represent the capital region, home to the biggest concentration of federal workers, denounced the shutdown on Wednesday and slammed President Trump. During a news conference outside the Capitol, several members said their offices are being flooded with calls, emails and letters from constituents panicking about how they will pay their bills. Rep. Jennifer Wexton (Va.) said one furloughed worker told her they had to return Christmas presents they could ... Read more

  • Norton Reintroduces Bill to Grant Back Pay to Low-Wage Federal Contract Workers
    Posted in Press Releases on January 8, 2019 | Preview rr
    Tags: Federal Employees

    Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-DC) today reintroduced her bill to guarantee back pay to low-wage federally contracted retail, food, custodial and security service workers not getting paid during the current federal government shutdown (fiscal year 2019). Norton introduced a version of the bill during the last government shutdown, and has introduced it in past Congresses whenever a threat of a government shutdown loomed. She said she was particularly pleased to introduce her bill with the... Read more

  • Beyer Urges Trump to Strike Immigration Deal With Democrats, End Government Shutdown
    Posted in Articles on January 8, 2019 | Preview rr
    Tags: Federal Employees

    ARL Now | As President Trump weighs the extraordinary step of declaring a national emergency to unilaterally build a wall along the southern border, Rep. Don Beyer (D-8th District) is urging Trump to return to the negotiating table and put federal employees back to work. Like any member of Congress representing the D.C. suburbs, Beyer is no great fan of government shutdowns, which threaten the livelihoods of thousands of constituents in his Arlington and Alexandria-area district. But this latest... Read more

  • While federal workers go without pay, senior Trump administration officials are poised to get $10,000 raises.
    Posted in Articles on January 4, 2019 | Preview rr
    Tags: Federal Employees, Oversight of the Administration

    Washington Post | While many federal workers go without pay and the government is partially shut down, hundreds of senior Trump political appointees are poised to receive annual raises of about $10,000 a year. The pay raises for cabinet secretaries, deputy secretaries, top administrators and even Vice President Mike Pence are scheduled to go into effect beginning Jan. 5 without legislation to stop them, according to documents issued by the Office of Personnel Management and experts in federal pa... Read more

  • Beyer Legislation To Give Federal Employees Affected By Government Shutdown Back Pay Passes House
    Posted in Press Releases on January 4, 2019 | Preview rr
    Tags: Federal Employees

    Rep. Don Beyer (D-VA) today hailed House passage of the legislative text of his bill to give back pay to federal employees in agencies affected by the partial government shutdown, which was included in a larger appropriations package that passed the House of Representatives last night with bipartisan support. He also addressed President Trump’s threat to continue his government shutdown for “months or even years.” Beyer said: “Federal workers are used to being treated horrendously by this Presid... Read more

  • Trump Administration Officials Are Getting Raises During Shutdown
    Posted in Articles on January 4, 2019 | Preview rr
    Tags: Federal Employees

    Rolling Stone | The resolution passed by Democrats on Thursday would not only have re-opened the government, it would have renewed the pay freeze that would prevent the raises from taking effect. Randy Erwin, president of the National Federation of Federal Employees, told the Post that McConnell’s refusal to bring the resolution to a vote “certainly smells fishy, just as the federal workforce is being furloughed.” Rep. Don Beyer (D-VA) told the paper that “it looks like Trump has protected his o... Read more

  • National Capital Region Delegation Secures Elimination of Holman Rule in Rules Package For 116th Congress
    Posted in Press Releases on January 2, 2019 | Preview rr
    Tags: Federal Employees

    Democrats from the National Capital Region today announced that they have secured the removal of the Holman Rule from H. Res. 6, the Rules package for the 116th Congress. The Holman Rule allows restrictions on federal offices and programs, including the reduction of individual salaries, to be added to must-pass appropriations legislation. Majority Leader-elect Steny Hoyer, Reps. Gerry Connolly, Don Beyer, Anthony Brown, Jamie Raskin, Reps.-elect Jennifer Wexton and David Trone, and Congresswoman... Read more

  • House Democrats plan to dismantle fed-targeting rule
    Posted in Articles on January 2, 2019 | Preview rr
    Tags: Federal Employees

    Federal Times | A House of Representatives rule that gives Congress the authority to cut the pay of an individual federal employee or eliminate entire agency programs will be removed under a proposed rules package for the 116th Congress. The Holman Rule, first established in 1876 and reintroduced in the 115th Congress, enables lawmakers to cut individual salaries, programs or agency office sizes in appropriations language. The rule was never successfully used during the two years it was recently... Read more

  • Letter to the Editor: Punishing Federal Workers for a Political Stalemate
    Posted in Articles on December 31, 2018 | Preview rr
    Tags: Federal Employees

    New York Times | To the Editor: Re “Trump Digs In, Dimming Hope of a Budget Deal” (front page, Dec. 31) and “Trump Orders Pay Freeze for Federal Civilian Staff” (news article, Dec. 30): There is near certainty that all federal workers will receive their back pay, as they have in every other recent government shutdown. A bipartisan bill in the House will receive immediate action when Speaker Nancy Pelosi takes control in a few days, and the Senate has already unanimously passed such a bill and wo... Read more