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This Bill Will Rob You of Your Retirement

March 04, 2015

In a renewed attempt to scapegoat public service employees for the financial crisis Wall Street created, Rep. Bruce Westerman of Arkansas this week introduced legislation that would amend the federal employee pension system to base their pension on the highest five years of salary, instead of the highest three years.

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Categories: Congress, Pay, Retirement

DHS Remains on Brink of Shutdown

March 01, 2015

The agency that’s tasked with protecting the American homeland is still on the brink of a shutdown after the House of Representatives last Friday decided to fund the Department of Homeland Security for only one week instead of the entire fiscal year. The short-term funding measure runs out this Friday after midnight, sending Congress back to square one and crippling the important work of TSA, Border Patrol, ICE, FEMA, Coast Guard, FPS and other DHS agencies.

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Categories: DHS, Senate, Congress, Budget

Shutdown Avoided

December 11, 2014

AFGE is pleased that a catastrophic government shutdown will likely be avoided with the passage of this crucial funding measure. We urge the Senate to waste no time in passing its version so the cloud of a potential government shutdown is lifted for the remainder of the fiscal year.

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Categories: Congress, Pay, Sequester

Budget Cuts Slow Ebola Research

October 16, 2014

Starving agencies of their needed funds could have deadly consequences when it comes to agencies responsible for preventing and fighting infectious diseases such as Ebola. The National Institutes of Health (NIH) has been working on Ebola vaccine for a decade, but research stalled as Congress keeps taking away its funding – $5 billion over 10 years, adjusted for inflation.

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Categories: DHS, Senate, Congress

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