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At Rally, Searing Rhetoric Against Overhauling the Defense Personnel System

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July 13, 2005

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By Stephen Barr

Washington Post

Washington's hot and humid weather served as a battle cry for several speakers at a union rally yesterday in a Senate park across Constitution Avenue from the Capitol.

"It is hot out here," Rep. Steny H. Hoyer (Md.), the Democratic whip, told the crowd of federal union members, "but you want to make it hotter."

 
Rep. Jay Inslee (D-Wash.) urged the union activists "to apply some of the heat in this plaza to members of Congress."

Lawmakers Push for Solution to Delays in Full Pension Payments

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August 8, 2005

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By Stephen Barr

Washington Post

Key House members have served notice at the Office of Personnel Management that they are concerned about delays in processing and approving full pension payments to federal employees who have filed their retirement papers.

Some retirees have reported waiting several months for OPM to tally up the correct amount for their monthly checks and have questioned why.

Hoyer: Bush Administration Personnel Policies May Weaken Our National Security

Democratic Whip Calls on AFGE/DOD Members to Unite Against Flawed Bush Administration Personnel Policies

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July 12, 2005

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WASHINGTON, DC – House Democratic Whip Steny H. Hoyer (MD) released the following statement today at a rally of the American Federation of Government Employees/United Department of Defense Workers Coalition:

“Let me begin by thanking Richard Trumka, John Gage, Ron Ault, Greg Juneman, Rick Brown, Gerry McIntee and the entire ‘United DoD Coalition' for hosting this important rally.

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Equal Raise for Civil Service Workers Sails Through House Panel

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June 22, 2005

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By Stephen Barr

Washington Post

It was over before it even started.

The House Appropriations Committee yesterday approved a 3.1 percent pay raise next year for civil service employees, continuing a long-standing practice of providing a raise equal to that planned for the military.

Rep. Steny H. Hoyer (D-Md.) had announced the pay raise amendment but was interrupted before he could start his presentation by Rep. Joe Knollenberg of Michigan, the Republican manager for the legislation.

Fair pay raise needed to recruit, reward work force

By Rep. Steny Hoyer

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June 20, 2005

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Federal Times

Today, the United States possesses the most efficient public sector in the world, one whose mission is to execute the public policies of the nation without regard to politics or party, serve and protect the American people, and save taxpayer money.

Particularly during these days of national and international uncertainty, it is imperative that our 1.8 million federal civilian employees be recognized and rewarded for delivering a vast range of essential services to the American people, from homeland security to veterans’ medical care.

Panel wants equal pay raises for military, civilian employees

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June 24, 2005

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By Melissa Harris

Baltimore Sun

A key House committee reversed President Bush's fifth attempt to give unequal raises to military and civilian employees in a voice vote this week - a decision that the rest of Congress and the president likely will uphold.

Final passage would give civilian federal workers and military personnel a 3.1 percent raise.

House Committee Moves Forward With Federal Employee Pay Parity

Hoyer-Wolf-Moran Wins Again Against White House Objections

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June 21, 2005

Contact:Stacey Farnen Bernards
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WASHINGTON, DC – The full House Appropriations Committee included a Federal Employee Pay Parity amendment in the FY 2006 Transportation, Treasury, and Housing and Urban Development bill today.  The amendment was offered by Congressman Steny Hoyer (D-MD), and was cosponsored by a bipartisan group of lawmakers, including Reps. Frank Wolf (R-VA), Jim Moran (D-VA), and Tom Davis (R-VA).  The amendment provides for a 3.1% pay adjustment for federal civilian employees, including blue collar employees, giving them pay parity with military employees.

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House Group Sending Letter to Push for 'Pay Parity' Raises

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May 16, 2005

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By Stephen Barr

Washington Post

A bipartisan group of House members plans to send a letter today to the chairman and ranking Democrat on the House Appropriations Committee to urge them to support "pay parity" raises next year for civil service and military personnel.

Report on Bonuses Raises Ire; Democrats, Unions Angry Again Over 2002 Awards to Political Appointees

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July 11, 2003

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By Christopher Lee

Washington Post

The Bush administration doled out $ 1.44 million in bonuses to 470 political appointees last year, according to an Office of Personnel Management report.

The White House's decision last year to end an eight-year ban on such cash awards imposed by the Clinton administration touched off a fury of criticism in December from Democrats, unions and some policy experts who said the move slighted ordinary federal employees and encouraged political favoritism.

Bill Seeks Same Raise for Military, Civilian Workers; House Measure at Odds With Bush's 'Performance' Plan

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July 25, 2003

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By Christopher Lee

Washington Post

Military and civilian federal employees alike would get a 4.1 percent pay raise next year under a measure approved yesterday by the House Appropriations Committee.