At the end of last week, the Republican-controlled House of Representatives approved a budget measure that would require federal/postal employees in both the Civil Service Retirement System and the Federal Employees Retirement System to contribute 5 percent more of their salary toward their pensions without increasing the benefits—in effect, a 5 percent pay cut. The measure passed on a mostly party-line vote and would be phased in over five years. There were 16 Republicans who voted against this bill along with every member of the Democratic caucus.
The bill, a budget drafted by Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI), has little chance to advance due to opposition from Senate Democrats, and President Obama has promised to veto the bill if it were sent to his desk.
Nonetheless, this vote is particularly offensive to the nearly 540,000 postal employees who have already over-funded their pensions in both FERS and CSRS.
If your representative was one of the 218 who voted for this bill, please contact their office and let them know you are disappointed that they voted to cut your pay and take more than $80 billion out of the pockets of federal and postal employees.