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American Federation of Government Employees (AFGE)

Mission: The American Federation of Government Employees (AFGE) is the largest federal employee union representing 600,000 federal and D.C. government workers nationwide and overseas. Workers in virtually all functions of government at every federal agency depend upon AFGE for legal representation, legislative advocacy, technical expertise and informational services.

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H.Con.Res. 96
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April 8, 2014

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December 11, 2013

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H.R. 3273
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October 8, 2013

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H.J.Res. 89
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October 8, 2013

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S. 1567
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H.R. 3223
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H.R. 2711
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H.R. 2711. This legislation provides that every official interaction ...

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H.R. 2565
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H.R. 2565. This legislation requires the termination from employment ...

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H.R. 2579
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H.R. 1541
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H.R. 1541 would cap, at five percent of annual ...

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H.R. 1406
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May 6, 2013

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H.R. 273
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Detailed Legislative Agenda

H.Con.Res. 96: The Path to Prosperity Budget for FY15

April 8, 2014

Dear Representative,

On behalf of the American Federation of Government Employees, AFL-CIO, which represents 670,000 federal workers in over 65 agencies across the nation, I strongly urge you to oppose House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan’s FY 2015 Budget Resolution (H. Con. Res. 96) when it goes to the House floor this week.

Federal employees and their families have made extraordinarily harsh financial sacrifices in the past several years during various budget crises. They have suffered a three-year pay freeze, and a 2014 pay raise of only 1%, employees hired since 2012 have seen massive contribution increases to retirement, and 750,000 workers lost up to eight days last summer because of sequestration. Federal workers’ total sacrifice to date is $138 billion over ten years.

Yet this sacrifice by federal employees is not enough for Chairman Ryan. His budget resolution would have the following impact on federal workers:

All federal workers would be required to pay an additional 5.5% of salary toward retirement with no increase in benefits. This is the same as a permanent 5.5% pay cut.

Federal agencies could only replace one employee for every three employees who leave.

Student-loan reimbursements would be eliminated, which would hurt federal employees with student loan debt, but also harm agencies’ missions by eliminating a critical recruitment tool.

Federal agencies would continue to be underfunded and understaffed as the Ryan budget slashes non-defense spending by $791 billion below the sequestration level. Funding for important public services such as education, research, border security, food and drug safety, law enforcement, and environmental protection would face severe cuts.

More airport screening jobs would be privatized. The Ryan budget cuts funding for the Transportation Security Administration and presses the agency to privatize more screening functions, returning airport security to when private screeners failed to stop the 9/11 terrorists from boarding the planes.

Benefits for federal workers who are injured on the job will be greatly reduced.

Federal workers have sacrificed more than any other middle-class Americans for deficit reductions. It is time to ask others to make similar sacrifices. In closing, I strongly urge you to vote no on House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan’s FY 2015 budget proposal (H. Con. Res. 96).

(Letter provided to POPVOX by Congressional office.)

* The organization’s position on this bill was entered by POPVOX. Direct link to this position: https://www.popvox.com/orgs/afge#afge-hconres-96-oppose
The Bipartisan Budget Act

December 11, 2013

Dear Representative:

I am writing on behalf of the 670,000 federal employees represented by AFGE across the country and around the world regarding the budget agreement announced last night by Budget Conference Chairmen Patty Murray and Paul Ryan. Despite extraordinary efforts by our allies to reduce the damage to federal employee pay and pensions sought by those on the other side, AFGE cannot support any budget deal that asks for more from federal employees than they have already sacrificed after a very painful three years. Since 2011, federal workers have contributed more than $114 billion in budget savings, including an unprecedented three-year pay freeze, and a 2.3% increase in pension contributions by employees hired after 2012. This figure of $114 billion does not include up to seven days of sequestration furloughs forced on thousands of federal employees in many agencies this past summer, nor does it include the delayed paychecks, threats to credit ratings, and general disruption to the lives of federal employees and their families caused by the 16-day shutdown this fall.

Although the $6 billion In increased retirement contributions for new employees is less severe than the Obama Administration's $20 billion proposal which would have harmed current employees, It Is still unacceptable. Federal employees hired this year already pay 3.1% of their salaries toward their defined benefit pension and 6.2% to Social Security. Forcing employees hired after 2013 to pay an additional 1.3% -- for a total of 4.4% -- toward their pension will make it all but impossible for them to fund their Thrift Savings Plan (401(k) equivalent) accounts. The result will be a serious shortfall in their retirement income security, and a substantial lowering of their standard of living.

AFGE has a moral obligation to represent more than just the federal government employees on the rolls today, but also the next generation; I.e., every federal worker who will one dav take the oath and be forced to live with this needless pension cut.

AFGE rejects the notion that there should be a trade-off between funding the programs to which federal employees have devoted their lives, and their own livelihoods. None of this would be occurring were it not for the perverted logic of austerity politics. The Budget Control Act was a grave mistake, and the spending cuts it imposes year after year have been ruinous for our economy and for the government services on which all Americans depend. Spending cuts hurt the poor and the vulnerable, and they also hurt military readiness, medical research, enforcement of clean air and water rules, access to housing and education, transportation systems and infrastructure, and homeland security. Congress should focus its efforts on repealing the Budget Control Act, not pitting federal workers against the very programs to which they have committed their lives.

We also are concerned with the impact of the new self plus one category inthe Federal Employees Health Benefits Program, which will raise costs for current federal employees in families with more than two persons. We support the provision limitingthe compensation taxpayers must pay for individual contractor employees to $487,000. But AFGE will continue to work to lower the overall cap below that figure, which is still far too high, and we also will work to ensure that there are no unnecessary loopholes or exceptions. Even this modest change will make agencies better off since they will be able to rid themselves of absurdly high compensation for contractor employees.

In conclusion, AFGE cannot support this budget agreement. It requires enormous sacrifices from those who have already sacrificed far too much, and demands nothing from those who can easily afford to contribute.

(Letter provided to POPVOX by Congressional office.)

* The organization’s position on this bill was entered by POPVOX. Direct link to this position: https://www.popvox.com/orgs/afge#afge-x-145-oppose
H.R. 3273: The Deficit Reduction and Economic Growth Working Group Act

October 8, 2013

Dear Representative,

On behalf of the American Federation of Government Employees, AFL-CIO, which represents

650,000 federal workers in 65 federal agencies, I am writing to urge you to support H. J. Res. 89, the Federal Worker Pay Fairness Act, which would pay federal employees who are working now without waiting for the government to reopen. AFGE appreciates the bipartisan and bicameral support for making sure federal employees and their families are not unfairly punished by the political stalemate over the budget, as shown by enactment of the Protect Our Military Act, which pays Department of Defense civilian employees who continue to work during the shutdown, as well as Saturday's unanimous House passage of H.R. 3223, legislation to provide back pay for all federal employees, including those who are ready to work but who have been unfairly furloughed.

However, AFGE strongly opposes H.R. 3273, the Bicameral Working Group on Deficit Reduction and Economic Growth, which is based on an earlier Supercommittee established by the Budget Control Act. That Supercommittee deliberated for months, but finally its failure to reach agreement resulted only in the imposition of sequestration, which has devastated federal agencies for the past six months or more, furloughing hundreds of thousands of federal employees for over a week. Employees furloughed by sequestration cuts are still reeling from that financial hit; that's money they will never get back for their families. The imposition of another furlough following so soon thereafter is nothing short of unmerciful.

In addition, AFGE opposes the intentional merging of these two pieces of legislation, as

required by the rule. Making federal employees and their families whole, despite the lengthy

lapse in appropriations, is one of the few things that the Republican House, the Democratic

Senate, and the White House all support. The last thing anyone should do is make that support contingent on resolving the seemingly intractable issues that have caused the political stalemate over the budget. The hundreds of thousands of federal employees across the nation and around the world who continue to serve the American people during the government shutdown deserve to be paid, period. It is wrong, absolutely indefensible, for one side in the political stalemate to use those federal employees and their families as pawns to gain leverage over the other side.

We urge the House of Representatives to pass a clean continuing resolution to reopen the entire federal government immediately and we urge the Congress to pass a clean bill to raise the debt limit in order to preserve the nation's credit-worthiness.

(Letter provided to POPVOX by Congressional office.)

* The organization’s position on this bill was entered by POPVOX. Direct link to this position: https://www.popvox.com/orgs/afge#afge-hr-3273-oppose
H.J.Res. 89: Deficit Reduction and Economic Growth Working Group Act of 2013

October 8, 2013

Dear Representative,

On behalf of the American Federation of Government Employees, AFL-CIO, which represents

650,000 federal workers in 65 federal agencies, I am writing to urge you to support H. J. Res. 89, the Federal Worker Pay Fairness Act, which would pay federal employees who are working now without waiting for the government to reopen. AFGE appreciates the bipartisan and bicameral support for making sure federal employees and their families are not unfairly punished by the political stalemate over the budget, as shown by enactment of the Protect Our Military Act, which pays Department of Defense civilian employees who continue to work during the shutdown, as well as Saturday's unanimous House passage of H.R. 3223, legislation to provide back pay for all federal employees, including those who are ready to work but who have been unfairly furloughed.

However, AFGE strongly opposes H.R. 3273, the Bicameral Working Group on Deficit Reduction and Economic Growth, which is based on an earlier Supercommittee established by the Budget Control Act. That Supercommittee deliberated for months, but finally its failure to reach agreement resulted only in the imposition of sequestration, which has devastated federal agencies for the past six months or more, furloughing hundreds of thousands of federal employees for over a week. Employees furloughed by sequestration cuts are still reeling from that financial hit; that's money they will never get back for their families. The imposition of another furlough following so soon thereafter is nothing short of unmerciful.

In addition, AFGE opposes the intentional merging of these two pieces of legislation, as

required by the rule. Making federal employees and their families whole, despite the lengthy

lapse in appropriations, is one of the few things that the Republican House, the Democratic

Senate, and the White House all support. The last thing anyone should do is make that support contingent on resolving the seemingly intractable issues that have caused the political stalemate over the budget. The hundreds of thousands of federal employees across the nation and around the world who continue to serve the American people during the government shutdown deserve to be paid, period. It is wrong, absolutely indefensible, for one side in the political stalemate to use those federal employees and their families as pawns to gain leverage over the other side.

We urge the House of Representatives to pass a clean continuing resolution to reopen the entire federal government immediately and we urge the Congress to pass a clean bill to raise the debt limit in order to preserve the nation's credit-worthiness.

(Letter provided to POPVOX by Congressional office.)

* The organization’s position on this bill was entered by POPVOX. Direct link to this position: https://www.popvox.com/orgs/afge#afge-hjres-89-support
S. 1567: The Federal Employee Retroactive Pay Fairness Act

Oct. 4, 2013 - American Federation of Government Employees National President J. David Cox Sr. today commended House and Senate lawmakers who have cosponsored legislation to pay federal employees who are out of work during the government shutdown.

“More than 800,000 federal employees are unemployed right now due to this government shutdown, even though they are ready and able to work. They deserve to be paid in full for the time they have been locked out of their jobs once this shutdown is over,” Cox said.

As of today, 152 representatives have signed on to the House bill (HR 3223), including 30 Republicans. Companion legislation in the Senate (S 1567) has 20 cosponsors.

“I particularly want to thank Rep. Moran and Rep. Wolf for taking the lead in introducing this legislation,” Cox said. “These two congressmen are from opposing political parties, but they both agree that federal employees are not the cause of this shutdown and shouldn’t be punished by being deprived of their pay.

“The fact that so many Republicans have signed on to this legislation shows that lawmakers can put aside their political ideology when it’s for the greater good. I hope this same spirit of bipartisanship will bring an end to this senseless and harmful government shutdown as soon as possible.”

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* The organization’s position on this bill was entered by POPVOX. Direct link to this position: https://www.popvox.com/orgs/afge#afge-s-1567-support
H.R. 3223: The Federal Employee Retroactive Pay Fairness Act

Oct. 4, 2013 - American Federation of Government Employees National President J. David Cox Sr. today commended House and Senate lawmakers who have cosponsored legislation to pay federal employees who are out of work during the government shutdown.

“More than 800,000 federal employees are unemployed right now due to this government shutdown, even though they are ready and able to work. They deserve to be paid in full for the time they have been locked out of their jobs once this shutdown is over,” Cox said.

As of today, 152 representatives have signed on to the House bill (HR 3223), including 30 Republicans. Companion legislation in the Senate (S 1567) has 20 cosponsors.

“I particularly want to thank Rep. Moran and Rep. Wolf for taking the lead in introducing this legislation,” Cox said. “These two congressmen are from opposing political parties, but they both agree that federal employees are not the cause of this shutdown and shouldn’t be punished by being deprived of their pay.

“The fact that so many Republicans have signed on to this legislation shows that lawmakers can put aside their political ideology when it’s for the greater good. I hope this same spirit of bipartisanship will bring an end to this senseless and harmful government shutdown as soon as possible.”

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* The organization’s position on this bill was entered by POPVOX. Direct link to this position: https://www.popvox.com/orgs/afge#afge-hr-3223-support
H.R. 2711: Citizen Empowerment Act

H.R. 2711. This legislation provides that every official interaction by any executive branch employee, whether by telephone or in person, shall be allowed to be recorded by the other party. It also requires that in certain circumstances, these executive branch employees notify the other party of their right to record, or suffer disciplinary action. The legislation raises serious privacy concerns and could seriously undermine law enforcement-related investigations. No exceptions are provided, nor is there any requirement to notify a federal employee that he or she is being tape recorded. Congressional interactions are not covered by the bill. Our coalition urges you to vote NO on H.R. 2711.

(Letter provided to POPVOX by Congressional office.)

* The organization’s position on this bill was entered by POPVOX. Direct link to this position: https://www.popvox.com/orgs/afge#afge-hr-2711-oppose
H.R. 2565: STOP IRS Act

H.R. 2565. This legislation requires the termination from employment of IRS employees who undertake any official action with respect to a taxpayer for the purpose of personal gain or political purpose. The termination procedure denies the same due process protections accorded other federal employees, including review by an independent third party, such as the Merit Systems Protection Board.

Current authority already prohibits and punishes IRS and other government employees from undertaking any official action for personal gain or political purpose. Section 7323 of Title 5 of the U.S. Code restricts political activity by federal employees and 5 USC 2301(b)(8) prohibits employees from using their official authority for the purpose of interfering with or affecting an election. In addition, 5 CFR 2635.702 prohibits the use of public office for private gain.

This bill is being promoted based on the inaccurate narrative that IRS employees acted out of political motivation in reviewing applications for tax exempt status. In fact, the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration (TIGTA) has repeatedly testified under oath in numerous Congressional hearings that he found no evidence of political motivation by any IRS employees in his review. In addition, a recent House Oversight and Government Reform Committee hearing revealed that each and every IRS employee interviewed by the Committees on Oversight and Ways and Means attested that he or she was not aware of any political bias by any employee involved in the approval of tax exempt organization applications. Rather, TIGTA found that delays related to tax exempt reviews were the result of mismanagement and the complexity of the standards for granting exemptions. H.R. 2565 has not had a hearing or a mark up in the Ways and Means Committee. Our Coalition urges you to vote NO on H.R. 2565.

(Letter provided to POPVOX by Congressional office.)

* The organization’s position on this bill was entered by POPVOX. Direct link to this position: https://www.popvox.com/orgs/afge#afge-hr-2565-oppose
H.R. 2579: Government Employee Accountability Act

H.R. 2579. This legislation would allow political appointees to terminate a career Senior Executive without any oversight and without having to prove cause. Although Senior Executives would be able to appeal their termination, the burden to overturn the removal would fall upon the employee. In essence, it would consider a career Senior Executive guilty of any alleged offense until proven innocent.

Current law (5 U.S.C. 7543) allows agencies to take action against Senior Executives for misconduct, neglect of duty, malfeasance, or failure to accept a reassignment or transfer of function. The tools are already in place to hold Senior Executives accountable for their conduct, and agencies may undertake such actions when they consider it appropriate. Allowing agency heads to remove Senior Executives without a formal investigation will dangerously turn the Senior Executive Service into a

* The organization’s position on this bill was entered by POPVOX. Direct link to this position: https://www.popvox.com/orgs/afge#afge-hr-2579-oppose
H.R. 1541: Common Sense in Compensation Act

H.R. 1541 would cap, at five percent of annual base pay, the total amount of monetary awards, including merit-based performance awards and recruitment and retention awards, that executive branch employees may earn in a year when sequestration is in effect. While most federal employees do not receive awards of five percent or more, agencies should not be denied the ability to reward superior performance in their efforts to recruit and retain the best and the brightest. Congress routinely expresses support for greater efforts that embrace performance management and incentives for federal employees; this measure undermines the ability of agencies to reward and incentivize excellent performance. Our Coalition urges you to vote NO on H.R. 1541

(Letter provided to POPVOX by Congressional office.)

* The organization’s position on this bill was entered by POPVOX. Direct link to this position: https://www.popvox.com/orgs/afge#afge-hr-1541-oppose
H.R. 1406: Working Families Flexibility Act of 2013

May 6, 2013

Dear Member of Congress:

We, the undersigned organizations, urge you to oppose the so-called Working Families Flexibility Act of 2013 (H.R. 1406), a smoke-and-mirrors bill that offers a pay cut for workers without any guaranteed flexibility or time off to care for their families or themselves. As members of Congress on both sides of the aisle have acknowledged, people today are struggling to meet the demands of job and family, as well as to make ends meet. Americans urgently need lawmakers to take the next step on the road to a family friendly nation. But H.R. 1406 is not what the nation needs. It is, at best, an empty promise and it would cause considerably more harm than good.

The Working Families Flexibility Act offers a false choice between time and pay. The bill’s supporters claim H.R. 1406 would give hourly workers more flexibility and time with their loved ones by allowing them to choose paid time off, rather than time-and-a-half wages, as compensation for working more than 40 hours in one week (“comp time”). But the irony is that workers will only get more time with their families after they’ve spent long hours away at work. And there is nothing in H.R. 1406 that guarantees that workers will be able to use the comp time they have earned when they need it.

The worker flexibility offered by H.R. 1406 is nothing more than a mirage. That’s because this proposal gives the employer, not the employee, the “flexibility” to decide when and even if comp time can be used. The bill permits the employer to deny the request entirely if the employee’s use of comp time would “unduly disrupt” operations or to grant leave on a day other than the day requested by the employee. This means that H.R. 1406 provides no guarantee that workers can use their earned time when a child falls ill, to attend a parent- teacher conference, or to help an aging parent settle in to a nursing home. Employers can veto an employee’s request to use comp time even in cases of urgent need.

H.R. 1406 would put workers at very real risk and provides an interest-free loan to employers. An employee who does not accept comp time could be penalized with fewer

hours, bad shifts and loss of overtime hours. And because it is cheaper to provide comp time than to pay overtime wages, there is a significant incentive for employers to hire fewer people and rely on overtime hours – paid for in future comp time – to get work done. It would permit employers to defer compensation for unused comp time for as long as 13 months, creating an interest-free loan for employers and hardships for workers.

H.R. 1406 provides few protections for workers and no additional resources to the U.S. Department of Labor for education, investigations and enforcement. While this bill adds

significant new provisions to the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA), it provides no additional funds for the education and enforcement efforts the new provisions will require. Workers would have few remedies in cases of employer misconduct or bankruptcy. The problem of wage theft (the non-payment or underpayment of wages for hours worked) would be exacerbated by making it easier for employers to avoid overtime compensation obligations.

The Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) currently allows employers to provide workers with flexibility and time off without compromising their right to be paid fairly for the hours they work. The types of flexibility allowable under the FLSA include alternative start and end times, compressed or variable work hours within a week, split shifts, work at multiple locations and paid or unpaid time off. The proponents of H.R. 1406 set up a false dichotomy that would force workers to choose between flexibility and overtime pay when, in reality, the FLSA does nothing to prevent employers from offering both.

Instead of wasting time on smoke and mirrors, Congress should focus on policy solutions that have been proven to work. We urge Congress to adopt policies that will provide families with the economic security and the time that they need:

 The Healthy Families Act (H.R. 1286/S. 631), which makes earned paid sick days available to millions of workers;

 Paid family and medical leave insurance modeled on successful state programs in California and New Jersey;

 Expanded access to the FMLA for more workers for more reasons, and so parents could, in fact, have the time they need to attend parent-teacher conferences without risking their jobs;

 The Fair Minimum Wage Act (H.R. 1010/S. 460) which brings the minimum wage back to a reasonable level and, in so doing, provides businesses with customers, improves our economy, and help locals communities thrive;

 The Paycheck Fairness Act (H.R. 377/S. 84), which helps close the gender-based wage gap; and

 Measures to encourage fairer and more predictable work hours and prohibit mandatory overtime.

Workers simply should not have to put in extra time beyond a 40-hour week and forgo pay to earn time to care for themselves or their loved ones. We urge Congress to reject H.R. 1406 and instead adopt family friendly policies that provide true flexibility for working families, not an empty promise that would make life appreciably harder for families that are already struggling.

(Letter provided to POPVOX by Congressional office.)

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* The organization’s position on this bill was entered by POPVOX. Direct link to this position: https://www.popvox.com/orgs/afge#afge-hr-1406-oppose
S. 47: VAWA Reauthorization (House proposed substitute)

2/27/13: The House Republican Leadership’s bill puts a barrier to the protection of victims of domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, and stalking. Conversely, the Senate version of VAWA, which was adopted with strong bipartisan support (78-22), addresses gaps in current service programs that left Native American women, college students, LGBT individuals, and other vulnerable groups without vital protections.

Today, House Republican Leadership will offer a substitute to the bipartisan Senate version of VAWA (S. 47), eliminating these important provisions and weakening the Office of Violence Against Women. These omissions deny critical services to many victims and reinforce the perception of the Republican Party as hostile to the needs of women, college students, LGBT persons, and communities of color. The House substitute:

- Limits the authority S. 47 provides to tribal authorities to prosecute non-tribal members who commit domestic violence or sexual assault crimes on tribal land. This makes it more difficult for Native American women to hold their abusers accountable. Native Americans are disproportionately affected by dating violence, sexual assault, and stalking.

- Eliminates provisions of the Senate bill that would require colleges and universities to keep students safe and informed about policies on sexual assault and enhance programs that help to prevent and combat sexual violence on college campuses.

- Drops the anti-discrimination provisions from S. 47, which were designed to ensure that LGBT victims receive the services they need regardless of their gender identity or sexual orientation. Studies have shown that LGBT individuals are victims of domestic and sexual violence at equal or greater levels than the rest of the population.

Even in today’s polarized political climate, we should at least be able to agree that when we send our daughters and sons to college, they should be protected from stalking, date rape and sexual assault; that one-third of tribal women who have been the victims of rape or domestic abuse should have equal access to justice no matter who the perpetrator is; and, that domestic violence is still violence regardless of gender identity or sexual orientation.

It is critical that Representatives reject the exclusionary substitute bill and support passage of the bipartisan Senate bill.

(Letter provided to POPVOX by Congressional office.)

(This bill represents legislative language that has been superseded.)
* The organization’s position on this bill was entered by POPVOX. Direct link to this position: https://www.popvox.com/orgs/afge#afge-s-47-oppose
H.R. 273: Federal Employee Pay Freeze

Republicans will bring to the House floor, perhaps as early as Tuesday, January 22rd, a bill introduced by Representative Ron DeSantis (R-FL), H.R. 273, which would extend the current two-and-a-quarter year pay freeze for federal employees until the end of 2013 — making it a full three years since federal employees have seen a raise. It is a continuation of the outrageous and punitive attacks against federal employees since 2011. A lopsided loss in the House next week could make the pay freeze permanent.

AFGE strongly opposes H.R. 273 and asks all Representatives to vote against it. Talking Points are below. An email alert to all AFGE members will be going out soon and will have a phone script and toll-free numbers attached.

We can’t take any House lawmakers for granted. Many Democratic Representatives were wrong on a January 1 pay vote, but, in most cases, that was because the Republican leadership framed the vote as one on a Congressional pay raise. However, that should be more difficult this time around. Similarly, freshman Democrats should receive special attention. This will be their first vote on this matter, and we want them to start building good records right from the start. Finally, some rank-and-file House Republicans seem more willing to consider our interests this time, so let’s not automatically assume GOP lawmakers will be wrong. Thanks for your consideration.

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* The organization’s position on this bill was entered by POPVOX. Direct link to this position: https://www.popvox.com/orgs/afge#afge-hr-273-oppose
H.R. 6169 (112th): The Pathway to Job Creation through a Simpler, Fairer Tax Code Act

August 1, 2012

Dear Representative:

As 132 national organizations concerned with our economy, jobs, protecting critical services for the middle class and the most vulnerable, and meeting our fiscal challenges, we are writing to urge you to ensure that the tax cuts signed into law by President George W. Bush that benefit the richest 2 percent of Americans be allowed to expire on schedule at the end of this year. It is time to begin to restore some basic fairness to our tax system.

Ending the Bush-era tax cuts for the richest 2 percent of Americans, households with incomes over $250,000, is simply asking them to pay their fair share. Setting the threshold at $250,000, means that 98 percent of Americans would receive their full tax cuts next year, and all Americans would receive a tax cut on their first $250,000 in income.

This week the House will consider two bills addressing the Bush era tax cuts. H.R. 15 will end the Bush-era tax cuts for the richest 2 percent. It is identical to legislation (S. 3412) sponsored by Sen. Harry Reid, which passed the U.S. Senate last week; it will begin to restore tax fairness. H.R. 8, introduced by Rep. Dave Camp, goes in the opposite direction. Moreover, H.R. 8, like its Senate counterpart sponsored by Sen. Orrin Hatch (S. 3417), would fail to extend refundable credit improvements that benefit 25 million mostly middle- and lower-income families, resulting in a tax increase averaging $1,000, according to a U.S. Treasury Department analysis. The tax credits affected are the Earned Income Tax Credit, the Child Tax Credit, and the American Opportunity Tax Credit, which helps make college affordable.

If we continue unaffordable tax breaks for the richest 2 percent, we won’t be able to address critical national priorities demanding attention – such as supporting education, strengthening Medicare, creating jobs, improving our infrastructure, and helping the millions of families struggling to get by. We’ll have to borrow even more money to finance these tax cuts, adding to deficits and making it harder to effectively address our significant long-term fiscal challenges. And tax cuts heavily tilted towards the wealthy have proven to be a failed economic strategy because they create many fewer jobs compared with alternatives. Simply put, we cannot afford to continue to give large tax cuts to those who need them the least.

We also ask that you oppose draconian legislation (H.R. 6169) sponsored by Reps. Dave Camp and David Dreier, which would set up an expedited – and harmful – process for Congress to consider tax legislation next year. This process, which would result in ever deeper tax cuts that would benefit the richest Americans and the most profitable corporations, would require that any tax overhaul legislation:

- Replace the personal income tax rates with just two rates, 10 percent and 25 percent (or less);

- Reduce the statutory corporate income tax rate by about 30 percent, dropping from the current 35 percent to 25 percent (or less); and

- Adopt a “territorial” tax system, which would exempt offshore profits of U.S. multinational corporations from U.S. taxes.

Polls show that about two out of three Americans agree that we should end the Bush-era tax cuts for the richest 2 percent of Americans. When these proposals come to a vote, we hope we can count on you to ensure the tax cuts for these wealthy Americans expire at the end of this year and that the draconian Camp-Dreier proposal is rejected.

Thank you for considering our views on this most important matter.

(This bill failed to be passed during the two-year Congress in which it was introduced.)
* The organization’s position on this bill was entered by POPVOX. Direct link to this position: https://www.popvox.com/orgs/afge#afge-hr-6169-oppose
H.R. 8 (112th): The Job Protection and Recession Prevention Act

August 1, 2012

Dear Representative:

As 132 national organizations concerned with our economy, jobs, protecting critical services for the middle class and the most vulnerable, and meeting our fiscal challenges, we are writing to urge you to ensure that the tax cuts signed into law by President George W. Bush that benefit the richest 2 percent of Americans be allowed to expire on schedule at the end of this year. It is time to begin to restore some basic fairness to our tax system.

Ending the Bush-era tax cuts for the richest 2 percent of Americans, households with incomes over $250,000, is simply asking them to pay their fair share. Setting the threshold at $250,000, means that 98 percent of Americans would receive their full tax cuts next year, and all Americans would receive a tax cut on their first $250,000 in income.

This week the House will consider two bills addressing the Bush era tax cuts. H.R. 15 will end the Bush-era tax cuts for the richest 2 percent. It is identical to legislation (S. 3412) sponsored by Sen. Harry Reid, which passed the U.S. Senate last week; it will begin to restore tax fairness. H.R. 8, introduced by Rep. Dave Camp, goes in the opposite direction. Moreover, H.R. 8, like its Senate counterpart sponsored by Sen. Orrin Hatch (S. 3417), would fail to extend refundable credit improvements that benefit 25 million mostly middle- and lower-income families, resulting in a tax increase averaging $1,000, according to a U.S. Treasury Department analysis. The tax credits affected are the Earned Income Tax Credit, the Child Tax Credit, and the American Opportunity Tax Credit, which helps make college affordable.

If we continue unaffordable tax breaks for the richest 2 percent, we won’t be able to address critical national priorities demanding attention – such as supporting education, strengthening Medicare, creating jobs, improving our infrastructure, and helping the millions of families struggling to get by. We’ll have to borrow even more money to finance these tax cuts, adding to deficits and making it harder to effectively address our significant long-term fiscal challenges. And tax cuts heavily tilted towards the wealthy have proven to be a failed economic strategy because they create many fewer jobs compared with alternatives. Simply put, we cannot afford to continue to give large tax cuts to those who need them the least.

We also ask that you oppose draconian legislation (H.R. 6169) sponsored by Reps. Dave Camp and David Dreier, which would set up an expedited – and harmful – process for Congress to consider tax legislation next year. This process, which would result in ever deeper tax cuts that would benefit the richest Americans and the most profitable corporations, would require that any tax overhaul legislation:

- Replace the personal income tax rates with just two rates, 10 percent and 25 percent (or less);

- Reduce the statutory corporate income tax rate by about 30 percent, dropping from the current 35 percent to 25 percent (or less); and

- Adopt a “territorial” tax system, which would exempt offshore profits of U.S. multinational corporations from U.S. taxes.

Polls show that about two out of three Americans agree that we should end the Bush-era tax cuts for the richest 2 percent of Americans. When these proposals come to a vote, we hope we can count on you to ensure the tax cuts for these wealthy Americans expire at the end of this year and that the draconian Camp-Dreier proposal is rejected.

Thank you for considering our views on this most important matter.

(This bill failed to be passed during the two-year Congress in which it was introduced.)
* The organization’s position on this bill was entered by POPVOX. Direct link to this position: https://www.popvox.com/orgs/afge#afge-hr-8-oppose
H.R. 3316: Voter Access Protection Act of 2011

We must ensure that the fundamental right to vote is protected for all eligible voters. We encourage you to support H.R. 3316: Voter Access Protection Act of 2011. This legislation prohibits election officials from requiring individuals to provide photo identification as a condition of obtaining or casting a ballot in an election for Federal office or registering to vote in elections for Federal office, and for other purposes.

http://www.afge.org...age=VoterProtection

(This bill failed to be passed during the two-year Congress in which it was introduced.)
* The organization’s position on this bill was entered by POPVOX. Direct link to this position: https://www.popvox.com/orgs/afge#afge-hr-3316-support
H.J.Res. 2 (112th): Balanced Budget Amendment

Dear Representative/Senator:

A balanced budget constitutional amendment would damage the economy, not strengthen it. Demanding that policymakers cut spending and/or raise taxes, even when the economy slows, is the opposite of what is needed to stabilize a weak economy and avert recessions. Such steps would risk tipping a faltering economy into recession or worsening an ongoing downturn, costing large numbers of jobs while blocking worthy investments to stimulate jobs and growth and address the nation’s urgent needs in infrastructure and other areas.

According to a new analysis of a balanced budget amendment by Macroeconomic Advisers, one of the nation’s preeminent private economic forecasting firms, if a constitutional balanced budget amendment had already been ratified and were now being enforced for fiscal year 2012, “the effect on the economy would be catastrophic.” The analysis reports that if the 2012 budget were balanced through spending cuts, those cuts would have to total about $1.5 trillion in 2012 alone, which they estimate would throw about 15 million more people out of work, double the unemployment rate from 9 percent to approximately 18 percent, and cause the economy to shrink by about 17 percent instead of growing by an expected 2 percent.

Additionally, all versions of the balanced budget amendment being considered also contain a provision requiring three-fifths of the whole membership of both houses to raise the debt limit, making risk of default more likely and empowering a willful minority to hold the full faith and credit of the U.S. hostage to whatever other political demands they may have. The difficulty of raising the debt limit this summer illustrates how hard it can be to secure the necessary votes even when the consequences are so grave. Only two of the last ten debt limit increases achieved a three-fifths vote, and in those two cases, only because the increases were imbedded in other must-pass legislation. In short, a balanced budget amendment is a recipe for making recessions more frequent, longer, and deeper, while requiring severe cuts that would harshly affect seniors, children, veterans, people with disabilities, homeland security activities, public health and safety, environmental protection, education and medical research. It would almost certainly necessitate massive cuts to vital programs including Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid, veterans’ benefits and lead to even deeper cuts than the House-passed budget.

A balanced budget amendment has no place in the Constitution of the United States. Our Constitution has served the nation well because it represents enduring principles that are the foundations of our government. It should not be used as a substitute for real leadership on fiscal policy.

We strongly urge you to oppose any constitutional balanced budget amendment.

(Sign on letter coordinated by CBPP.org, Nov. 14, 2011)

(This bill failed to be passed during the two-year Congress in which it was introduced.)
* The organization’s position on this bill was entered by POPVOX. Direct link to this position: https://www.popvox.com/orgs/afge#afge-hjres-2-oppose
The President's Plan for Economic Growth and Deficit Reduction to the Joint Select Committee on Deficit Reduction

American Federation of Government Employees National President John Gage today denounced President Obama’s proposal to require federal employees to contribute $21 billion more to their retirement.

Under the President’s Plan for Economic Growth and Deficit Reduction, federal employees will have their paychecks reduced by 1.2 percent to pay into a federal retirement system that is already fully funded. For a GS-9, Step 1 employee in the Rest of U.S. locality zone, who earns about $47,500, this equates to a $570 annual pay cut. The change would be permanent and affect all federal employees.

Federal employees already sacrificed by having their pay frozen this year and next, which will save the government $60 billion during the next decade – an amount unmatched by any other group. In addition, as a result of $1 trillion in cuts to agency budgets, federal agencies have already cut back significantly on hiring employees and many are planning furloughs and reductions-in-force. These reductions have a direct impact on the ability of agencies to provide adequate levels of service.

“Asking federal employees to accept additional cuts to their take-home pay is unfair, especially at a time when citizens are demanding more services from their government,” Gage said.

“This is a double whammy for federal employees, who are facing the same economic hardships as most other Americans. Enough is enough.”

The Federal Employees Retirement System is fully funded, and there is simply no rationale for cutting federal benefits in this way. The proposal amounts to a $21 billion tax increase on federal employees, a stunning violation of the president’s promise not to raise taxes on families earning under $250,000. No federal employee earns anywhere near that threshold.

http://www.afge.org...PressReleaseID=1319

(This bill was proposed in a previous session of Congress.)
* The organization’s position on this bill was entered by POPVOX. Direct link to this position: https://www.popvox.com/orgs/afge#afge-x-3-oppose