Jan 23, 2015

Contact Your Congressperson: HR 304 Provides a 3.8% Raise for Federal Employees

Representative Gerry Connolly (D-VA) introduced legislation on January 13, 2015 that would provide prevailing rate federal employees with a 3.8% raise. NAGE supported similar legislation in 2014, introduced by Representative Connolly, requesting a 3.3% raise for federal employees. The bill failed to reach the House floor for a vote in the 113th Congress. NAGE is encouraged to see similar legislation introduced in the 114th Congress.
The Federal Adjustment of Income Rates or ‘FAIR’ Act of 2015 (H.R. 304) currently has 35 cosponsors and is waiting to be considered before the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform. The Committee’s new chairman, Jason Chaffetz (R-UT) needs to bring this important legislation to a vote before the Committee.
Federal employees have been unfairly attacked over the past several years. The cost of living has increased by nearly 7% and newly hired federal employees are forced to pay 4.4% more toward their retirement. Federal employees are currently receiving 35% less than their private sector counterparts. Congress needs to take action now to close the gap.
NAGE needs YOU to call your Congressperson and tell them to sign on to this bill as a cosponsor. Federal employees are overdue for a reasonable raise and a 3.8% raise is a modest increase that will help hard working Americans.
Please use the links below for additional information on the legislation and to find your Congressperson. Please tell them to sign on to H.R. 304!Help
H.R. 304: https://www.congress.gov/bill/114th-congress/house-bill/304
Find your Representative: http://www.house.gov/representatives/find/

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