Federal Employees

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Bush sets 2004 pay raise at 2 percent

For Immediate Release:

December 31, 2003

Contact:Amelia Gruber

Government Executive

President Bush on Dec. 30 ordered a 2 percent 2004 pay raise for civil servants, but government workers may eventually receive a significantly higher raise if lawmakers approve the pending fiscal 2004 omnibus budget bill.

In an executive order issued on Dec. 30, Bush called for a 1.5 percent across-the-board raise for civilian white-collar federal employees and a 0.5 percent increase in locality-based pay.

Hoyer seeks probe into Park Service

For Immediate Release:

January 16, 2004

Contact:Matthew Cella and Audrey Hudson
THE WASHINGTON TIMES

A congressman yesterday demanded that the Interior Department investigate "unauthorized leaks" that he said resulted in a report in The Washington Times about lapses in national security and the firing of U.S. Park Police Chief Teresa Chambers.

U.S. Rep. Steny H. Hoyer of Maryland, the House Democratic whip, said the so-called leaks were "unacceptable" and suggested that the story was printed to influence the outcome of an appeal by Chief Chambers to save her job.

Hoyer Expresses Concerns with HSAs in Federal Employee Health Benefits Program

Sends Letter to OPM Director Asking for HSAs to be Excluded

For Immediate Release:

March 2, 2004

Contact:Stacey Farnen
202-225-1120

WASHINGTON, DC – House Democratic Whip Steny H. Hoyer (MD) recently sent the attached letter to the Director of the Office of Personal Management Kay Coles James expressing deep reservations regarding the inclusion of Health Savings Accounts in the Federal Employee Health Benefits Program:

February 23, 2004

The Honorable Kay Coles James
Director
Office of Personnel Management
1900 E Street, NW
Washington, DC 20415-1400

Dear Director James:

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Hoyer: The Country Can’t Afford NOT to Provide Pay Parity

Whip Responds to Chairman’s Assertion that Country Cannot Afford Fair Pay Adjustment

For Immediate Release:

February 19, 2004

Contact:Stacey Farnen
202-225-3130

WASHINGTON, DC – House Democratic Whip Steny H. Hoyer (MD) released the following statement today in response to a recent Dear Colleague regarding the bipartisan principle of pay parity distributed to the press by Chairman Ernest Istook (R-OK):

“Chairman Istook asked in a recent Dear Colleague to Members of Congress regarding pay parity for federal civilian and military employees: ‘Can we afford this?’  The answer is we can’t afford not to provide pay parity for federal civilian and military employees.

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Hoyer Statement in Support of Federal Employee Protest on Capitol Hill Today

Hundreds Visit Lawmakers to Protest DoD Personnel Changes

For Immediate Release:

February 10, 2004

Contact:Stacey Farnen
202-225-3130

WASHINGTON, DC – House Democratic Whip Steny H. Hoyer (MD) released the following statement today in support of federal employees’ protest of Department of Defense personnel changes on Capitol Hill today:

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House Leadership of Congressional Fire Services Caucus Laments Cuts to Fire Grant Program

Urge President to Reinstate Funding

For Immediate Release:

February 13, 2004

Contact:Stacey Farnen
202-225-3130

WASHINGTON, DC – The House leadership of the Congressional Fire Services Caucus, led by House Democratic Whip Steny H. Hoyer (MD), sent a letter yesterday to President Bush urging him to reconsider his decision to significantly reduce funding for the Assistance to Firefighters Grant Program.  In his fiscal year 2005 budget, the Bush Administration proposes reducing the $750 million grant program by one-third, for a cut of $250 million dollars. 

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Hoyer: Administration’s Budget Language on Federal Employee Pay is Troubling

For Immediate Release:

February 5, 2004

Contact:Stacey Farnen
202-225-3130

WASHINGTON, DC – House Democratic Whip Steny Hoyer (MD) released the following statement today regarding language in President Bush’s Fiscal Year 2005 Budget Analytical Perspectives (page 218) which states:

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Hoyer: Keep Family and Medical Leave Act Intact

“Workers Need FMLA Provisions More than Ever”

For Immediate Release:

February 6, 2004

Contact:Stacey Farnen
202-225-3130

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Democratic Whip Steny Hoyer (D-MD) today released the following statement in observance of the 11th anniversary of the passage of the Family and Medical Leave Act this week: 

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Hoyer: Bush Budget Lacks Credibility

“When It Comes to Masquerading as a Fiscal Conservative, President Bush Deserves an Academy Award”

For Immediate Release:

February 2, 2004

Contact:Stacey Farnen
202-225-3130

WASHINGTON, DC – House Democratic Whip Steny Hoyer (MD) released the following statement today regarding President Bush’s Fiscal Year 2005 Budget:

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