Fighting for federal employees
Like you, I closely monitor policies that affect federal employees and I wanted to update you on what we have been working on in Washington to protect them.
This week, the House unanimously passed H.R. 702, the Federal Employee Antidiscrimination Act of 2017. This bill strengthens Equal Employment Opportunity safeguards for federal employees, expands the disclosure and enforcement authority of the organization, and creates a new system of tracking employee complaints.
Our federal workforce is full of dedicated and committed citizens who exemplify patriotism in everything they do. I believe it is important to support legislative measures like H.R. 702 that address the specific needs of our hard-working federal employees. This bill has been introduced in the Senate and I will keep you updated as it progresses through the legislative process.
As you've probably heard by now, President Trump's first budget proposal contained provisions that would make significant changes to the retirement system for current and future federal employees and current federal retirees. Singling out the federal workforce in this way, and trying to balance the budget on the backs of hardworking federal employees and retirees, is unacceptable to me.
I joined a group of my colleagues in sending a letter to House Speaker Paul Ryan and House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy expressing our concern over these proposals and asking them to consider our viewpoint as the House moves forward with the budget and appropriations process.
If you have thoughts, ideas, or concerns about our federal employees that you'd like to share with me, I'd love to hear your input. You can send me an email by visiting my website.
I look forward to hearing from you. It's an honor to serve you and Virginia's First District in the People's House.