December 10, 2012
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As negotiations continue to prevent the looming fiscal cliff and with many critics of the Federal workforce suggesting further cuts to pay and benefits of federal employees, I wanted to share an op-ed I wrote for the Federal Times on the need to recognize the substantial contribution that these middle-class workers have already made toward deficit reduction. Below are excerpts:

“Already, federal employees and retirees have contributed $15 billion in savings over 10 years through an increased pension contribution. A two-year pay freeze that has been in effect since 2011 will produce an additional $60 billion in savings. And the reduction and delay of a 2013 pay increase included in the current continuing resolution will yield a further $28 billion. That’s $103 billion in cuts to one group of middle-class workers.”

“Instead of treating federal employees as a convenient offset, we should recognize them for what they are: an outstanding asset. As budget talks continue, we must recognize the $103 billion contribution that federal employees have already made, and ensure that future deficit reduction asks everyone to contribute his fair share toward building a better future for our country.”

I encourage you to read the full op-ed by clicking here.

Last month, I also joined the Washington Metro Area Congressional Delegation on a letter sent to President Obama, Speaker Boehner, and Democratic Leader Pelosi asking them to consider the impact that any fiscal cliff agreement would have on federal employees who serve our nation. Click here to read the letter.

While we must put everything on the table as we work towards reaching a balanced agreement to avert the fiscal cliff, we should not continue to single out federal employees to contribute to deficit reduction. It is not right to continue to ask more of these middle-class workers while not asking others to contribute, and I will continue to fight for a big and balanced deficit reduction plan asks everyone – including the wealthiest – to contribute their fair share. 

As always, thank you for allowing me to share this update with you, and please continue to share your concerns and insights with me by contacting my office or connecting with me on Facebook, Twitter, or YouTube.

With warmest regards, I am,

Sincerely yours,

Steny H. Hoyer

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