December 12, 2013, 07:26 pm
By Mike Lillis and Erik Wasson
Breaking with his fellow Democratic leaders, Rep. Steny Hoyer (D-Md.) on Thursday voted against a bipartisan deal to finance the government for the next two years.
The minority whip conceded that the controversial measure was “better than the alternative” of not reaching a deal, but he said he also wanted to make a statement that the package “does not deal with the fundamental issue of long-term fiscal stability.”
The Maryland lawmaker, who represents thousands of current and retired federal workers, acknowledged that his opposition came despite his role in negotiating some of the details of the final bill. Continue reading “Hoyer casts ‘no’ vote in break with Dem leaders”
Liberal supporters circle the wagons.
Eric Pianin The Fiscal Times December 4, 2013
The heat is on unions again because of what many believe are overly generous benefits to government workers – especially as compared to those of private-sector workers. In Detroit, unions are up in arms over the new threat to city workers’ pensions in light of a federal judge’s decision that Detroit can move forward with the largest municipal bankruptcy proceeding in history – a threat to pensions that could reverberate throughout the country.
Now the potential budget deal between House Republican Paul Ryan and Senate Democrat Patty Murray – who are racing to meet a Dec. 13 deadline – proposes requiring federal workers to pay substantially more for their retirement benefits. The proposal has made the chairwoman of the Senate Appropriations Committee, Barbara Mikulski (D-MD), furious.
On Wednesday Mikulski sought to head off the proposal as part of the emerging budget deal to cancel the sequester for at least two years. Continue reading “Government Pensions Under Fire Once Again”