Federal Employees

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Workers will still receive 3.5 percent raise

For Immediate Release:

December 3, 2004

Contact:David McGlinchey

Government Executive

Legislation still is on track to implement a 3.5 percent average pay raise for federal civilian workers in 2005, despite a White House proposal to hold the increase to 2.5 percent.

On Monday, President Bush sent an alternative pay plan to congressional leaders, proposing an across-the-board 2.5 percent pay increase with no locality pay adjustment. In his message to lawmakers, President Bush said the decision was based on the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks and the costs of the ongoing conflicts in Afghanistan and Iraq.

Hoyer Offers to Open Discussions on How Raises Are Determined

For Immediate Release:

January 5, 2005

Contact:Stephen Barr

The Washington Post

Rep. Steny H. Hoyer (D-Md.), one of the architects of today's white-collar pay system for federal workers, told the Bush administration yesterday that he is ready to discuss a different way of setting annual pay raises.

By most accounts, a 1990 pay law -- designed to bring federal salaries in line with those in the private sector -- has not worked as intended. That has left Congress and the White House to negotiate pay raises each year, a sometimes-contentious process.

HOYER CALLS ON PRESIDENT BUSH TO PRESENT ALTERNATIVE ON FEDERAL EMPLOYEE PAY

For Immediate Release:

January 4, 2005

Contact:Stacey Farnen Bernards
202-225-3130

WASHINGTON, DC – House Democratic Whip Steny H. Hoyer (MD) today sent a letter to Office of Management and Budget Deputy Director Clay Johnson III offering to discuss with the Bush Administration any alternative federal employee pay proposals.  Representative Hoyer was the lead sponsor of the Federal Employees Pay Comparability Act, which currently governs federal employee pay. 

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3.5% Raise for Federal Civilian Workers Makes Spending Bill

For Immediate Release:

November 21, 2004

Contact:Christopher Lee

The Washington Post

Congressional negotiators reached agreement yesterday on a spending package that provides a 3.5 percent raise for federal civilian employees, more than double that sought by President Bush.

The pay increase was part of a $388 billion omnibus spending package that was approved by the House and then the Senate later in the evening. The administration has warned that the pay increase may lead to severe agency belt-tightening and a reduction in the workforce.

HOYER APPLAUDS IMMINENT PASSAGE OF FEDERAL EMPLOYEE BENEFITS PACKAGE

For Immediate Release:

December 6, 2004

Contact:Stacey Farnen Bernards
202-225-3130

WASHINGTON DC – House Democratic Whip Steny Hoyer released the following statement regarding the expected passage tonight of the Federal Employee Dental and Vision Benefits Enhancement Act of 2004, which enjoyed wide bipartisan support:

“I am pleased that the House will adopt tonight S. 2657, the Federal Employee Dental and Vision Benefits Enhancement Act of 2004, to provide federal employees access to affordable dental and vision insurance.

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HOYER: FIREFIGHTER PROGRAMS IMPORTANT TO HOMELAND SECURITY

More than $700 Million Included in Homeland Security Agreemen

For Immediate Release:

October 9, 2004

Contact:Stacey Farnen Bernards
202-225-3130

WASHINGTON – House Democratic Whip Steny Hoyer (MD) today praised the inclusion of $65 million for the Staffing for Adequate Fire and Emergency Response Firefighters (SAFER) Program and $650 million for the Assistance to Firefighter Grant Program in the fiscal year 2005 Homeland Security Appropriations Conference Report.  As a co-chair of the Congressional Fire Services Caucus, Hoyer helped establish and fund both of these federal grant programs to assist fire departments across the country. 

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House signs off on 3.5 percent pay raise

For Immediate Release:

September 23, 2004

Contact:David McGlinchey

Government Executive

The House passed the fiscal 2005 Transportation, Treasury and Independent Agencies Appropriations Act Wednesday, bringing federal workers one step closer to receiving a 3.5 percent pay raise next year.

President Bush's fiscal 2005 budget proposal included a 3.5 percent raise for military personnel and a 1.5 percent raise for federal civilian workers. A bloc of Republican lawmakers in the House backed the White House approach amid contentious debate with supporters of pay parity.

HOYER: FEDERAL EMPLOYEES ONE STEP CLOSER TO RECEIVING FAIR PAY ADJUSTMENT

Hoyer Successfully Leads House in Supporting Pay Parity

For Immediate Release:

September 22, 2004

Contact:Stacey Farnen Bernards
202-225-3130

WASHINGTON – Democratic Whip Steny Hoyer (D-MD) released the following statement today applauding the passage of the Fiscal Year 2005 Transportation, Treasury Appropriations Bill which provides for parity in the 2005 pay adjustments for both military and civilian federal employees:

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HOYER: DEMOCRATIC AMENDMENT BLOCKING ANTI-WORKER OVERTIME RULE PREVAILS

Whip Urges the Bush Administration to Honor the Will of the House and Senate

For Immediate Release:

September 9, 2004

Contact:Stacey Farnen Bernards
202-225-3130

WASHINGTON, DC – House Democratic Whip Steny Hoyer (MD) released the following statement today after the House approved a Democratic Amendment to the Labor-HHS-Education Appropriations Bill that would block any funds from being spent to enforce a new Bush Administration rule that would strip an estimated 6 million American workers of their right to overtime pay.  A unanimous Democratic Caucus was joined by 22 Republicans in voting for the Amendment, which prevailed 223 to 193:

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