June 14, 2017
Last Tuesday, Congress passed the misleadingly-titled “Department of Veterans Affairs Accountability and Whistleblower Protection Act of 2017” (S. 1094), which is expected to be signed into law by President Trump in the coming days.
NFFE National President Randy Erwin said in a statement that, "Weakening VA employee protections will not make the VA more accountable; it will likely do the exact opposite. It is clear that Congress wanted to do something to increase accountability at the VA, and I share in that desire, but eliminating worker protections was not the right approach."
To see Randy Erwin's full comments, read the NFFE Press Release, here.
June 19, 2017
Last Wednesday, 112 Democratic Representatives, led by Gerry Connolly (D-VA), sent a letter addressed to Speaker of the House Paul Ryan and Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi to express their “strong opposition to President Trump’s assault on the salaries and pensions of middle class federal employees, retirees, and their families to pay for tax cuts for billionaires, as proposed in his Fiscal Year 2018 budget request.”
“The federal government the leading employer in most states, so these cuts will hit state and local economies very hard as families try to deal with the downturn,” said NFFE President Randy Erwin. “These proposed pension cuts are unconscionable. Under no circumstance will gutting middle-class federal employees’ retirement security to make way for billionaire tax cuts make America great again.”
Read the full letter, here.