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Lawmakers in fed-heavy districts signal support for budget deal

Lawmakers in districts with large constituencies of federal employees are signaling their support for the bipartisan budget deal announced Tuesday even though it would require new federal workers to contribute a greater share of their paychecks to their retirement benefits. The alternatives -- another government shutdown or a second year of the steep across-the-board sequestration cuts -- would have been worse, they argue.

Tags: Congress , House , Senate , budget , Chris Van Hollen , Frank Wolf , Jim Moran , Jack Moore

Wednesday - 12/11/2013, 05:30pm EST

Lawmakers to budget committee: Don't throw feds under the bus

Lawmakers, who face a self-imposed Friday deadline to come up with a fiscal 2014 budget plan, appear to be making progress toward a limited deal that would stave off another shutdown and give agencies the certainty of funding for the remainder of the year.But lawmakers with districts surrounding Washington, D.C. are preemptively speaking out against any proposal that, in their words, would "throw federal employees under the bus." Rep. Frank Wolf (R-Va.), says that too often in the past federal employees' pay and benefits have "been used as pawns in budget negotiations."

Tags: Frank Wolf , Ben Cardin , Congress , budget , retirement , workforce , pay and benefits , Jack Moore

Monday - 12/09/2013, 02:15pm EST
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Mikulski seeks two-year sequestration solution

Sen. Barbara Mikulski (D-Md.), chairwoman of the Appropriations Committee, took to the Senate floor this week calling on House-Senate budget negotiators to look at replacing the across-the-board sequestration cuts for at least two years.

Tags: Congress , Senate , budget , sequestration , Hal Rogers , Jack Moore

Friday - 11/08/2013, 12:23pm EST

Funding bill includes back pay for furloughed feds, clears way for potential January pay raise

The bill passed by Congress reopening the federal government after a two-week shutdown grants retroactive pay for furloughed federal workers and clears the way for all federal employees to receive a 1 percent pay raise in January. The continuing resolution, which funds government operations through Jan. 15, also grants agencies some spending flexibilities to avoid sequestration-related furloughs over the next few months.

Tags: Congress , House , Senate , Ben Cardin , furloughs , retroactive , budget , Jack Moore

Thursday - 10/17/2013, 12:06pm EDT

Debt ceiling default 'uncharted territory' for federal workforce

Two weeks into a government shutdown that has hamstrung federal agencies and sent large sections of their employees home without pay, Congress is heading for another last-minute showdown this time over raising the government's borrowing authority, known as the debt ceiling.

Tags: Congress , House , budget , Mark Warner , Senate , government shutdown , debt ceiling , Jack Moore

Tuesday - 10/15/2013, 04:29pm EDT

Shutdown averted, pay freeze extended as Congress passes 2013 funding bill

The House voted today to approve a measure to fund federal agencies through the remainder of fiscal 2013. The bill averts a government shutdown but extends the freeze on federal employees' pay through the end of 2013. The bill now heads to President Barack Obama for his signature.

Tags: 2013 budget , sequestration , Congress , House , Senate , USPS , pay freeze , appropriations , Jack Moore

Thursday - 03/21/2013, 01:09pm EDT
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