Nov 08, 2013

House Budget Blueprint Proposes Additional Cuts to the Federal Workforce and Employee Benefits

On Tuesday, Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI), Chairman of the House Budget Committee, unveiled his annual budget proposal entitled "Path to Prosperity: A Blueprint For American Renewal-the Fiscal Year 2014," which recommends trillions in spending cuts over the next decade. The Ryan budget seeks to reduce the national deficit by $4.6 trillion, which includes $181 billion in savings by reducing federal jobs and cutting federal employees' compensation.

In his budget proposal, Chairman Ryan implies that federal compensation is much more generous than that of the private sector. The proposal cites incorrect reports from the Congressional Budget Office claiming that federal employees earn 16 percent more than their counterparts in the private sector. Although the document does not delve into specifics, Ryan's budget proposes increasing the amount feds contribute to their pensions and changing pay and benefits in order to "better align" federal pay with the private sector.

Ryan's budget also calls for a 10 percent reduction in the workforce through attrition by 2015. According to Chairman Ryan, the reduction would save $49 billion over the next ten years. However, this reduction would also constitute a loss of 200,000 jobs. At a time when over 50 percent of the workforce is eligible for retirement and many agencies are operating under hiring freezes, this cut would make it almost impossible for agencies to effectively and efficiently carry out their missions and provide vital services to the American public.

Federal employees have already sacrificed $103 billion toward deficit reduction through the over two year pay freeze and increase in retirement contributions. No other group has been asked to help shoulder the burden of our nation's deficit, and to ask this small group of middle class Americans to contribute an additional $181 billion is unthinkable.

"I am outraged that our nation's federal employees are still being used to fix the nation's fiscal problems," said NAGE National President David J. Holway. "Federal employees understand the need to reduce the deficit and have given more than their share. Enough is enough! It is time for Congress to stop squeezing federal employees dry and look for cost savings elsewhere."

 

Read Chairman Ryan's "Path to Prosperity: A Blueprint For American Renewal- the Fiscal Year 2014"




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