WASHINGTON – The American Federation of Government Employees applauds lawmakers for including many provisions addressing the pay, benefits, and working conditions of federal employees in the 2023 National Defense Authorization Act that passed the House with overwhelming bipartisan support Thursday.
“This bill contains many of our legislative priorities, including more competitive pay and job protections for the hard-working civil servants who keep our federal government running,” AFGE National President Everett Kelley said. “We applaud the House for passing this legislation in a bipartisan fashion, and we look forward to working with the Senate and the conference committee to further improve this legislation.”
The bill includes AFGE-backed provisions that would:
“We will continue to fight for our members who would be harmed by other sections of the bill,” Kelley said. “Provisions in the House bill would devastate military exchanges by arbitrarily restricting the sale of goods imported from China, without applying those restrictions to private-sector competitors. Other provisions would privatize military lodging in the Navy and Air Force, a measure that would waste $5 billion in taxpayer funds without improving lodging conditions, and fund unrequested weapons systems at the potential expense of the Defense civilian workforce.”