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This week on AFGE's "Inside Government" Sen. Ben Cardin (D-Md.) appears along with AFGE National President John Gage from the union's annual Legislative and Grassroots Mobilization Conference in Washington, D.C. Cardin discusses the danger of cutting public services while Gage addresses the AFGE's 2012 legislative priorities. AFGE Department of Defense Local 2516 President Paul Ferris and Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights President and CEO Wade Henderson also appear.
A new letter, signed by Sens. Mark Warner (D-Va.), Barbara Mikulski (D-Md.) and Ben Cardin (D-Md.), calls on the Office of Management and Budget to take on the "urgent matter" of processing federal retirements. The letter comes a week after a Senate subcommittee hearing in which the Office of Personnel Management was taken to task for its handling of the longstanding backlog.
Without Congressional action, the public transit benefit that many federal employees use to take the subway, bus or vanpool to work will decrease on Jan. 1 from $230 to $125 per month. Feds said, for the most part, they'll continue to use mass transit even if it costs them more to get to work.
Tags: mass transit benefit , NTEU , Colleen Kelley , Congress , Barbara Mikulski , Matthew Magazu , Shannon Richardson , FEMA , Caroline Tiplin , Keith Eichenholz , HHS , Emily Kopp , telework , pay and benefits
Maryland and Virginia lawmakers say federal employees have been singled out enough and shouldn't endure another year of a pay freeze or other benefit cuts. The Middle Class Tax Relief and Job Creation Act includes such provisions. Rep. Gerry Connolly said continued pay freezes or reduction in benefits will impact recruiting and retention of employees.
A group of 22 senators has called on the Senate Finance Committee to take up extending a mass-transit commuter tax benefit, which expires at the end of the year. The mass-transit benefit is set to be cut nearly in half — from $230 a month to $120 — starting next year, barring action by Congress.
Maryland Senator Ben Cardin said most of the issues have been resolved between Democrats and Republicans concerning the omnibus bill that will fund agencies through the 2012 fiscal year. However, policy riders introduced by the House GOP may still derail the legislation.
When Republicans took control of the House of Representatives in last year's election, it appeared the Maryland congressional delegation may have lost power and influence.
A House Democratic leader says he thinks lawmakers will be taking precautions when meeting with the public in the wake of a congresswoman's shooting in Arizona.