Our con­gress­man val­ues and sup­ports all of South­ern Mary­land’s fed­eral work­ers

Maryland Independent - - Community Forum - Barry Grier, Sudha K. Ha­ley,

As for­mer fed­eral em­ploy­ees and con­stituents of House Mi­nor­ity Whip Rep. Steny Hoyer (D-Md., 5th), at this most crit­i­cal time, we would like to val­i­date Con­gress­man Hoyer’s lead­er­ship and sup­port of our fed­eral com­mu­nity.

Dis­trict 5 is home to thou­sands of fed­eral civil ser vants, of­ten un­sung he­roes, who daily demon­strate courage and pa­tri­o­tism on be­half of the Amer­i­can pub­lic. Feds process our So­cial Se­cu­rity checks, keep our food sup­ply and air­ports safe and se­cure, as­sist in nat­u­ral dis­as­ters, pro­mote pub­lic health and pro­tect our home­land, among mil­lions of other ser­vices.

Hoyer has voted in fa­vor of sev­eral bills and amend­ments that would have: re­placed the cost-of-liv­ing ad­just­ment through a switch to Chained Con­sumer Price In­dex; in­creased fed­eral em­ploy­ees’ con­tri­bu­tion to­ward re­tire­ment with no ben­e­fits in­crease; based fed­eral re­tire­ment ben­e­fits on the high­est five (rather than the pre­vi­ous high­est three) years’ salary; vouchered the Fed­eral Em­ploy­ees Health Ben­e­fits Pro­gram; and elim­i­nated the Fed­eral Em­ploy­ees Re­tire­ment Sys­tem an­nu­ity sup­ple­ment, among oth­ers.

Mr. Hoyer and our Mar yland law­mak­ers most re­cently sent an ur­gent let­ter to the Repub­li­can lead­er­ship to re­ject the pro­posal to re­scind a mod­est 1.9 per­cent pay in­crease for fed­eral work­ers. This in­crease was al­ready in­cluded in the bi­par­ti­san, Se­nate-passed ap­pro­pri­a­tions bill for fis­cal 2019.

Mr. Hoyer re­peat­edly re­minds Congress that the fed­eral com­mu­nity has al­ready con­trib­uted more than our fair share.

He op­poses any ef­forts to bal­ance the bud­get on the backs of pub­lic ser­vants. He con­tin­u­ally states that feds bring ex­traor­di­nar y value to the cit­i­zens we ser ve and should be com­pen­sated with pay and ben­e­fits to en­able our U.S. gov­ern­ment to at­tract the best and the bright­est.

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