Fighting for federal employees
Knowing your interest in the issues facing federal employees, I wanted to update you on my work in this critical area.
Just this week, I had the privilege of speaking at the National Active and Retired Federal Employees (NARFE) Chapter 1823 luncheon. During the luncheon, we discussed the House budget blueprint and the President’s proposed budget, which both include broad stroke provisions that could make significant changes to the retirement system for future federal employees and current retirees. I made my stance very clear: federal employees serve this country honorably and selflessly, and the nation’s economic challenges should not and cannot be solved at their expense.
With this in mind, I, along with a group of my colleagues, sent a letter to House Leadership and a letter to the Chairman and the Ranking Member of the Oversight and Government Reform Committee. This letter expresses our concern over these proposals and we ask them to consider our viewpoint as the House moves forward with the budget. Singling out the federal workforce in this way and trying to balance the budget on the backs of hardworking federal employees and retirees is troubling to me.
In addition to these letters, I also co-sponsored the TSP Modernization Act, giving federal employees more flexibility over their retirement accounts. This allows them to make more withdrawals, move money around, and take out money earlier—therefore, even with some changes to the retirement plan they will be able to budget accordingly.
As the appropriations and budget process continues to unfold, please know that I will be keeping in mind issues facing federal employees.
Please do not hesitate to contact me anytime an issue that concerns you comes before the House, especially if it involves issues concerning federal employees.
It's an honor to serve you and Virginia's First District in the People's House.