The House passed a fiscal year 2018 joint budget resolution, concurring with the Senate and ending the budget reconciliation tax reform threat to the federal community. The joint budget resolution DOES NOT include cuts to federal pay and benefits.
Passage of this joint budget resolution is a big win for active and retired federal employees. Instructions to cut federal benefits by $32 billion, initially in the House budget, were not included in the final resolution. Instead, the budget resolution would allow the Senate Finance and House Ways and Means Committees to add $1.5 trillion to the deficit over the next 10 years as a means to achieve tax changes.
Lawmakers will now move forward with a highly anticipated tax bill, which NARFE will closely monitor for potential effects on the federal community. NARFE thanks its members for their tireless advocacy on behalf of their fellow federal employees and retirees. Your actions truly made a difference.
Of note, the current continuing resolution (CR) expires December 8, creating another potential avenue for cuts to the earned pay and benefits of the federal community. NARFE members would be wise to stay informed and be ready to take action in the coming weeks.