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Moran Statement on Unfair Targeting of Federal Workers in Payroll Tax Conference Agreement

by: RepJimMoran

Fri Feb 17, 2012 at 17:17:57 PM EST


(Good job, thanks to Rep. Moran for defending federal workers! - promoted by lowkell)

Today Congressman Jim Moran, took to the House floor to speak out against H.R. 3430, the temporary extension of the payroll tax cut conference report:

Moran's full statement regarding the payroll tax conference agreement:

"Extending a tax cut for the middle class by taking from the paychecks of middle class federal workers is not fair, nor does make sense.

"Under this agreement, new federal employees will see a nearly 400 percent increase in their contributions to their retirement - without an increase in their benefits. Let me be clear: without a corresponding increase in benefits, a larger contribution is simply a pay cut.  

"By forgoing two years of pay raises, federal employees have already sacrificed more than $60 billion in lost income - the only constituency to have done so in the name of deficit reduction.

"This bill sends a signal to our federal workforce that we do not appreciate their hard work. In the next five years, nearly half of the federal workforce will be eligible for retirement. Only 6 percent of college graduates polled want to work for the government. The Federal Government should be doing everything it can to boost recruitment and retention efforts. This conference agreement does just the opposite and therefore I can't support it."

Congressman Jim Moran is a leading advocate for federal employees. Virginia's 8th District is home to more than 65,000 federal workers and where more than 110,000 show up to work.  

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Welcome to the Club (0.00 / 0)
Hate to see anyone go without raises and have to pay more into their retirements, but I'm having a hard time feeling too sorry for them.  We State employees are now in our fifth year with no raises, we're paying more for our retirements and will likely be asked to pay even more while the Governor is using our retirement fund to balance the budget.  This while costs continue to rise - parking, health insurance, etc.  

So to the Federal employees, Welcome!  Times are tough all over.


So, misery loves company (0.00 / 0)
Is that your message, Clemgo? That is how the oligarchs divide the lower classes and turn them against each other.

Personally, I am not sympathetic to the view that "if I am suffering so should you." That attitude would have prompted  a similar response to the bludgeoned public workers in Wisconsin: "Too bad, welcome to the Club; the other states are firing teachers and firefighters, too." The proper response in both situations is "I'm with you! Fight back, don't let the greedy bastards screw you, too!"  


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I agree (0.00 / 0)
As a retired state employee (not VA) I totally agree. The argument that the GOP is using as they attack public employees is that since private sector workers are hurting so should public workers. This "race to the bottom " is a crock and all public workers should stand together. I worked many holidays when I should have been home with my family. The GOP seems to conveniently forget that unlike the private sector many public jobs are 24/7 365 or that a teacher's work day does not end when the dismissal bell rings.

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Sorry (0.00 / 0)
That really wasn't what I meant - I could have been more clear.  This is an emotional issue for me.  No raise for five years will do that to you.  Throw in no salary adjustments regardless of how well you do your job, how much your supervisor pushes it, or how much money your department has.

Federal employees enjoyed three years of raises, bonuses, and salary bumps while many of the rest of us had none, or even saw drastic reductions in pay.  What's happening with Federal workers now is terrible, true, but it is terrible everywhere.  So let's be outraged for the Federal worker, but let's also raise the roof for the State worker, for the local worker, and the teachers at our kid's schools.


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Sorry, but that makes zero sense. (0.00 / 0)
Let me try to follow the reasoning here: state employees are getting screwed, so instead of standing in solidarity with their fellow government workers in the federal government, instead it's "tough luck for them." Ugh.

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That's really not (0.00 / 0)
What I was trying to say, and I likely could have expressed myself better.  I will stand up for their rights, just as I've stood up for State employee's rights.  But I'm having a hard time being outraged by the plight of the Federal worker when State workers here in Virginia have been dealing with this for far longer.  Please forgive me, but two years without a raise seems like a cakewalk in comparison.

Where is the outrage on our behalf?  Where is the support for State workers?  Who's marching or standing up to speak on our behalf?  Where is our Jim Moran when our situation has been going on for far longer?  Where is the outrage on behalf of the Counties who are having to figure out which essential teacher they're going to have to fire because of McDonnell's new pension rules?  I've not seen it here, and I'm not seeing it from our legislators or any so-called State employee group.


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Well, for my part, I've written many times (0.00 / 0)
in outrage over how Bob McDonnell has raided the VRS. But yeah, I hear what you're saying, maybe there's "outrage fatigue" at this point? I mean, I'm amazed that people aren't out in the streets right now over any number of issues.

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The argument should be (0.00 / 0)
that state workers should get raises and the respect that they deserve.  Republicans want a race to bottom when it comes to labor costs.  When you're flat broke, and unions are dead, you don't whine much about working conditions or health care as long as the basic paychecks keep coming.  

So, don't welcome federal workers to the situation that you yourself want out of.  


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It makes no difference whose parade got pissed on. (4.00 / 1)
Federal workers were always the beneficiaries of a more generous compensation package than us state workers.  It was decided when John Garber was head of Virginia personnel that Virginia would not try to compete with the feds instead she would compare our compensation package with such delightful places as Mississippi, South Carolina etc. That is just the breaks and is not the point.  When the Republicans, who have a long history of this, piss on the federal people we should be just as outraged as if they were pissing on us.  By the same token, the feds should be just as outraged when we get pissed on as when they do.  Locals should feel the same way as well.  Public workers need to stand together, an assault on one is an assault on all.  Otherwise we are fragmented and easy to conquer. Which is what the politicians are counting on.

Exactly. United we stand. (0.00 / 0)
Divided we...well, you know the rest. ;)

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Roll Call please! (0.00 / 0)
I get so tired of trying to explain to "conservative" Defense employees............Republicans are not your friends - so quite voting for them!

Mental Disconnect (0.00 / 0)
Those of us who actually think and research as opposed to using Fox news as our information source very often wonder why voters continue to vote GOP against their own interests. If you want to be even more confused about this phenomena the New York Times recently had a good article on the dichotomy between government benefits and voting trends:

http://www.nytimes.com/2012/02...


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After Schweizer's Book. . . (0.00 / 1)
After "Throw Them All Out" by Peter Schweizer exposed Jim Moran for his 90 Trades Of Glory, the best thing 'Gentleman' Jim could do is retire in silence.
I would like to apologize to the rest of Virginia for VA-8's inability to root out this creature.

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