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  • Connolly Statement on McConnell Concessions on Three-Week Funding Bill
    Posted in News on January 22, 2018 | Preview rr
    Tags: Economy, Health Care, Federal Employees, Transportation, Veterans, Foreign Policy, Seniors, Environment/Energy, Education, Technology, Animal Welfare, Gun Safety, Criminal Justice Reform, Equality, Immigration

    Congressman Gerald E. Connolly (D-VA), released the following statement on Senator McConnell’s concessions on a three-week funding bill: “It is shameful that President Trump and Republicans inflicted this shutdown on the American public. I will vote to reopen government because we have big challenges that our constituents demand we address like ending sequestration, fighting the opioid crisis, and fixing the DACA problem the President created. I will also vote yes because Senator McConnell pledg... Read more

  • Connolly Statement on Republican Shutdown
    Posted in News on January 20, 2018 | Preview rr
    Tags: Economy, Federal Employees

    Congressman Gerald E. Connolly (D-VA), released the following statement on the Republican shutdown: "Republicans control the White House, the House and Senate and blame everyone but themselves for this government shutdown This is reckless, irresponsible and a complete abrogation of their constitutional duty to provide a functioning government. This is a failure of leadership and governance that discredits their legitimacy as a party. The consequences of another government shutdown will be felt b... Read more

  • Connolly-Schatz Reintroduce FAIR Act
    Posted in News on January 12, 2018 | Preview rr
    Tags: Economy, Federal Employees

    Congressman Gerry Connolly and Senator Brian Schatz have reintroduced the Federal Adjustment of Income Rates (FAIR) Act, a bill that would provide federal employees with a three percent pay increase in 2019. Connolly has introduced the FAIR Act every year since 2014. The House bill is cosponsored by Minority Whip Steny Hoyer, and Representatives Beyer, Cummings, Norton, Kaptur, Lujan Grisham, Kelly, Sherman, Clay, Comstock, McCollum, Kilmer, Bonamici, Yarmuth, Ruppersberger, Delaney, Perlmutter,... Read more

  • Connolly, Schatz push to give feds a pay raise
    Posted in News on January 12, 2018 | Preview rr
    Tags: Economy, Federal Employees

    Chase Gunter Rep. Gerry Connolly (D-Va.) and Sen. Brian Schatz (D-Hawaii) are pushing to give federal employees a pay raise. For the fifth consecutive year, Connolly has introduced the Federal Adjustment of Income Rates Act. The 2018 version is seeking a 3 percent pay increase to federal employees for 2019 -- a two percent across-the-board bump in basic pay and an additional 1 percent for locality pay. Since 2010 when President Barack Obama instituted a three-year pay freeze, federal pay has la... Read more

  • Oversight Dems Insist That Gowdy Finally Start Investigating President’s Compliance with Emoluments Clause of U.S. Constitution
    Posted in News on January 11, 2018 | Preview rr
    Tags: Federal Employees

    Today, all Democratic Members of the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform sent a letter to Chairman Trey Gowdy requesting that the Committee finally launch a serious investigation of President Donald J. Trump’s compliance with the Emoluments Clause of the Constitution, as well as the numerous conflicts of interest caused by his refusal to liquidate all of his assets and place them in a blind trust, as both Republican and Democratic ethics experts recommended. “Over the past year, P... Read more

  • If 2017 posed problems for feds, 2018 could be worse with attacks on pay, benefits
    Posted in News on January 5, 2018 | Preview rr
    Tags: Economy, Federal Employees

    Joe Davidson If 2017, with President Trump’s hiring freeze and political machinations, posed difficulties for federal employees, 2018 could be worse. They did get a 1.9 percent pay raise this year, but now administration officials are considering a wage freeze and are attacking government data indicating that federal pay lags far behind that of the private sector. Don’t forget White House and congressional Republicans’ proposals to cut retirement and health-care benefits. They weren’t approved ... Read more

  • Democrat: 'Fraudulent' voter fraud commission got ugly death it deserved
    Posted in News on January 3, 2018 | Preview rr
    Tags: Federal Employees, Seniors, Equality

    John Bowden Democratic Rep. Gerald Connolly (Va.) celebrated the "death" of President Trump's voter fraud commission on Wednesday after the White House announced the commission will be dissolved. The Virginia Democrat remarked Wednesday night in a tweet that the election integrity commission, set up last year to investigate Trump's claim that Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton won the popular vote due to millions of illegal votes, got the "ugly death it deserved." "Fraudulent vot... Read more

  • Congressmen Want Federal Employee Pay Cuts Taken Off the Table
    Posted in News on December 26, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Economy, Federal Employees

    Ian Smith Four Congressmen recently sent a letter to House leaders saying they do not want pay cuts for federal employees to be used to fund increased discretionary spending caused by lifting sequestration spending caps. The letter was sent by Congressmen Gerry Connolly (D-VA), Jamie Raskin (D-MD), Steny Hoyer (D-MD), and Elijah Cummings (D-MD), lawmakers who all represent areas with a high percentage of constituents who work for the federal government. The Congressmen said in their letter that... Read more

  • Connolly-Raskin-Cummings Lead 95 Members of Congress in Urging House Leadership Not To Use Federal Employees for Government Funding Offset
    Posted in News on December 22, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Economy, Federal Employees

    Today, Representatives Gerry Connolly (D-VA), Jamie Raskin (D-MD) and House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform Ranking Member Elijah Cummings (D-MD) led 95 members of Congress in urging Speaker Paul Ryan and Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi to oppose any further cuts to federal employee pay and benefits to offset increased discretionary spending. “Enough is enough. The federal workforce should be thanked for their honorable service, not treated like a piggy bank,” said Connolly, Raskin and... Read more

  • Connolly Leads Letter to Secretary Tillerson Raising Concerns About State Department's New Mission
    Posted in News on December 21, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Federal Employees, Foreign Policy

    Today, Congressman Gerry Connolly (D-VA) led 15 members of Congress in sending a letter to Secretary Tillerson concerning his recent comments regarding a new mission statement for the State Department. The letter was signed by House Foreign Affairs Committee Ranking Member Eliot Engel, and Representatives Bera, Bass, Boyle, Castro, Cicilline, Deutch, Frankel, Keating, Kelly, Lieu, Meeks, Sires, Titus and Torres. “We write to express our profound concern regarding the State Department’s new missi... Read more

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