Thanks to AFGE, a bipartisan proposal that passed both the House and the Senate did not balance the budget on the backs of federal employees.
Earlier this year, Congress floated proposals that would have devastated your finances, career, and retirement. Take a trip down memory lane below and see what could have happened to you and your loved ones had AFGE not stood our ground and fought on your behalf:
Besides the good news on your compensation, the two-year budget deal also would prevent a government shutdown, suspend sequestration for the next two years, and authorize Congress to pay its bills on time.
“This budget proposal is an exceedingly rare example of what can be accomplished when elected officials put aside their ideology and govern in a responsible way that benefits working families,” said AFGE President J. David Cox Sr. “Federal workers have endured $159 billion in cuts under the guise of fiscal restraint, and our members were united in opposing any budget that would target them for additional sacrifice.”
AFGE urges Congress to repeal sequestration altogether so that these manufactured crises will no longer occur.
AFGE also remains concerned about the $5 billion cut to the Pentagon’s budget required by the budget agreement. Operations and maintenance accounts could be a target. Important work done at depots and arsenals could take a hit. AFGE is urging the Defense Department to look elsewhere for cuts. Bringing in-house work being performed by contractors, who are two to three times more expensive than federal employees, is a good start.
AFGE is encouraged to learn that in discussions with members of Congress, Peter Levine, the Pentagon’s new deputy chief management officer who leads the department’s efforts to streamline business processes and achieve efficiencies, insisted that contractors also be cut to generate the $5 billion in savings.