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Bipartisan Senate, House Leaders To Introduce Pay Parity Release

Resolutions Show Strong Bipartisan, Bicameral Support for Parity Between Federal Employee, Military Pay Adjustments

For Immediate Release:

February 1, 2005

Contact:Stacey Farnen Bernards
(202) 225 - 3130

WASHINGTON, DC – Senator Paul Sarbanes (MD) and House Democratic Whip Steny Hoyer (MD) will lead a bipartisan group of House and Senate members in introducing resolutions in both chambers today that call for parity in pay adjustments for military and civilian employees in Fiscal Year 2006.

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Hoyer Statement On New Homeland Security Dept. Personnel Regulations

Democratic Whip Concerned With Elimination of Employee, Taxpayer Protections, Affect on Homeland Security

For Immediate Release:

January 27, 2005

Contact:Stacey Farnen Bernards
202-225-3130

WASHINGTON, DC – House Democratic Whip Steny H. Hoyer (MD) released the following statement today regarding the new Department of Homeland Security (DHS) personnel regulations:

“Today the Department of Homeland Security issued final personnel regulations that will govern over 180,000 employees of the agency.  Based on what I have seen so far, I am deeply concerned that these regulations might be used to eliminate important protections for employees and taxpayers on a government-wide basis.

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Area House Members Implore Bush to Support Pay Parity

For Immediate Release:

January 25, 2005

Contact:Stephen Barr

The Washington Post

Ten members of the Washington area delegation plan to send President Bush a letter today urging him to provide equal pay raises for civil service and military personnel in his fiscal 2006 budget proposal that goes to Congress in two weeks.

A draft of the letter, organized by Rep. Steny H. Hoyer of Maryland, the House Democratic whip, calls on Bush to "embrace the principle of pay parity" when making his recommendation for federal employees' 2006 pay raise.

Hoyer Leads Bipartisan Regional Delegation In Sending Pay Parity Letter To President

For Immediate Release:

January 25, 2005

Contact:Stacey Farnen Bernards
202-225-3130

WASHINGTON, DC – The bipartisan Washington regional delegation, led by House Democratic Whip Steny H. Hoyer (MD), today sent a letter to President Bush requesting that he include the principle of pay parity for federal civilian and military employees in his upcoming fiscal year 2006 budget proposal. 

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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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