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    Republican plan to cut federal pay, THREE year pay freeze, cut workers by 10%, change retirement from high-three to High five, cut vehicles, cut travel, fire employees who can't pay taxes, etc, etc, etc.

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    H.R.235
    Latest Title: Cut Unsustainable and Top-Heavy Spending Act of 2011
    Sponsor: Rep Brady, Kevin [R, TX-8] (introduced 1/7/2011) Cosponsors

    Some highlights:
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    SEC. 4. FREEZE ON COST OF FEDERAL EMPLOYEES (INCLUDING CIVILIAN EMPLOYEES OF THE DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE) SALARIES.

    Notwithstanding any other provision of law, the total amount of funds expended on salaries for civilian employees of the Federal Government, including civilian employees of the Department of Defense, for fiscal year 2011, fiscal year 2012, and fiscal year 2013 shall not exceed the total costs for such salaries in fiscal year 2010: Provided, That the amounts spent on salaries of members of the armed forces are exempt from the provisions of this subsection: Provided further, That nothing in this subsection prohibits an employee from receiving an increase in salary or other compensation so long as such an increase does not increase an agency's net expenditures for employee salaries.

    SEC. 5. REDUCTION IN THE NUMBER OF FEDERAL EMPLOYEES.

    (a) Definition- In this section, the term `agency' means an executive agency as defined under section 105 of title 5, United States Code.

    (b) Determination of Number of Employees- Not later than 60 days after the date of enactment of this Act, the Director of the Office of Management and Budget shall determine the number of full-time employees employed in each agency. The head of each agency shall cooperate with the Director of the Office of Management and Budget in making the determinations.

    (c) Reductions- Notwithstanding any other provision of law, the head of each agency shall take such actions as necessary, including a reduction in force under sections 3502 and 3595 of title 5, United States Code, to reduce the number of full-time employees employed in that agency as determined under subsection (b) by 10 percent not later than October 1, 2020.

    (d) Replacement Hire Rate- In implementing subsection (c), the head of each agency may hire no more than 2 employees in that agency for every 3 employees who leave employment in that agency during any fiscal year.

    SEC. 7. LIMITATION OF GOVERNMENT TRAVEL COSTS.

    (a) In General- Within 60 days after the date of enactment of this Act, the Director of the Office of Management and Budget, in consultation with the heads of the Federal departments and agencies, shall establish a definition of `nonessential travel' and criteria to determine if travel-related expenses and requests by Federal employees meet the definition of `nonessential travel'. No travel expenses paid for, in whole or in part, with Federal funds shall be paid by the Federal Government unless a request is made prior to the travel and the requested travel meets the criteria established by this section. Any travel request that does not meet the definition and criteria shall be disallowed, including reimbursement for air flights, automobile rentals, train tickets, lodging, per diem, and other travel-related costs. The definition established by the Director of the Office of Management and Budget may include exemptions in the definition, including travel related to national defense, homeland security, border security, national disasters, and other emergencies. The Director of the Office of Management and Budget shall ensure that all travel costs paid for in part or whole by the Federal Government not related to national defense, homeland security, border security, national disasters, and other emergencies do not exceed $5,000,000,000 annually.

    SEC. 8. REDUCTION IN FEDERAL VEHICLE COSTS.

    Notwithstanding any other provision of law--

    (a) of the amounts made available to the General Services Administration for the acquisition of new vehicles for the Federal fleet for fiscal year 2011 and remaining unobligated as of the date of enactment of this Act, an amount equal to 20 percent of all such amounts is rescinded;

    (b) for fiscal year 2012 and each fiscal year thereafter--

    (1) the amount made available to the General Services Administration for the acquisition of new vehicles for the Federal fleet shall not exceed an amount equal to 80 percent of the amount made available for the acquisition of those vehicles for fiscal year 2011 (before application of subsection (a)); and

    (2) the number of new vehicles acquired by the General Services Administration for the Federal fleet shall not exceed a number equal to 50 percent of the vehicles so acquired for fiscal year 2011; and

    (c) any amounts made available under Public Law 111-5 for the acquisition of new vehicles for the Federal fleet shall be disregarded by for purposes of determining the baseline.

    SEC. 12. COLLECTION OF UNPAID TAXES FROM EMPLOYEES OF THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT.

    (a) In General- Chapter 73 of title 5, United States Code, is amended by adding at the end the following:

    `SUBCHAPTER VIII--COLLECTION OF UNPAID TAXES FROM EMPLOYEES OF THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT

    `Sec. 7381. Collection of unpaid taxes from employees of the Federal Government

    `(a) Definitions- For purposes of this section--

    `(1) the term `seriously delinquent tax debt' means an outstanding debt under the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 for which a notice of lien has been filed in public records pursuant to section 6323 of such Code, except that such term does not include--

    `(A) a debt that is being paid in a timely manner pursuant to an agreement under section 6159 or section 7122 of such Code; and

    `(B) a debt with respect to which a collection due process hearing under section 6330 of such Code, or relief under subsection (a), (b), or (f) of section 6015 of such Code, is requested or pending; and

    `(2) the term `Federal employee' means--

    `(A) an employee, as defined by section 2105; and

    `(B) an employee of the United States Congress, including Members of the House of Representatives and Senators.

    `(b) Collection of Unpaid Taxes- The Internal Revenue Service shall coordinate with the Department of Treasury and the hiring agency of a Federal employee who has a seriously delinquent tax debt to collect such taxes by withholding a portion of the employee's salary over a period set by the hiring agency to ensure prompt payment.'.

    (b) Clerical Amendment- The analysis for chapter 73 of title 5, United States Code, is amended by adding at the end the following:

    `subchapter viii--collection of unpaid taxes from employees of the federal government

    `Sec. 7381. Collection of unpaid taxes from employees of the Federal Government.'.


    That's just a few of the goodies in Congressman Brady's bill. There are many more.


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    Federal Employees lobby back- we're not the problem.

    The President
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    Dear Mr. President:

    On behalf of the 4.6 million federal and postal workers and annuitants represented by the
    national member organizations of the Federal-Postal Coalition, we urge you to reject the
    recommendations made by co-chairs of the National Commission on Fiscal
    Responsibility and Reform to cut federal civilian retirement and health benefits, freeze
    federal pay and reduce the federal workforce by 10 percent, and to exclude such items
    from the Administration’s Fiscal Year (FY) 2012 budget proposal.
    More:

    http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-srv...s/fedpotus.pdf

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    Default Re: Republican plan to cut Federal Workers, Pay, Retirement

    Thanks James, now I'm being serious when I ask this, was there a Democratic plan I missed?

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    Default Re: Republican plan to cut Federal Workers, Pay, Retirement

    Quote Originally Posted by JTH View Post
    Thanks James, now I'm being serious when I ask this, was there a Democratic plan I missed?
    Several of them. Here's one:


    http://www.pdamerica.org/articles/ne...16-58-news.php

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    Default Re: Republican plan to cut Federal Workers, Pay, Retirement

    It's about time they cracked down on those over payed Government Workers!nancy.jpg

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    Default Re: Republican plan to cut Federal Workers, Pay, Retirement

    Phshaw!

    Obligatory sabre rattiling from the da boys in da Hawse.

    I'll believe it,

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    Default Re: Republican plan to cut Federal Workers, Pay, Retirement

    It's been referred to various commitees but hasn't gotten past that point, so I don't count this as a "Republican plan" - just a proposal by one Republican with co-sponsors. Lots of bills are introduced into Commitee, most aren't even debated and even less emerge. It's a nice Kabuki pose, but not a worthy adversary.
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    http://www.govexec.com/story_page.cf...dcn=todaysnews

    NOW They want a 5 year freeze.

    It took 200 years to get this country the point it is economically and they want to solve it off our backs in but a few. Morons plain morons!

    32 MONTHS MAX maybe less if things keep going they way they are.

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    Hey Congress!!! How about a Bill that's a Budget rather than a set of declarations disguised in Bill form? Continuing Irresolution Lives On!
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    Default Re: Republican plan to cut Federal Workers, Pay, Retirement

    Not to be out "anti-federal employees" by their own party, now there is this-

    a FIVE YEAR PAY FREEZE PROPOSAL from the republicans.

    Lawmakers propose five-year pay freeze, federal job cuts

    By Emily Long elong@govexec.com January 20, 2011


    Republican lawmakers are seeking a five-year federal pay freeze and additional workforce cuts in an effort to rein in spending.


    The 2011 Spending Reduction Act, unveiled on Thursday by Republican Study Committee Chairman Rep. Jim Jordan, R-Ohio; Rep. Scott Garrett, R-N.J.; and Sen. Jim DeMint, R-S.C.; outlines $2.5 trillion in cuts by dropping current spending to fiscal 2008 levels and freezing budgets at fiscal 2006 levels for 10 years beginning Oct. 1.



    The legislation, which will be introduced officially on Monday, would reduce the size and cost of the federal civilian workforce and cut a number of federal programs.


    "The Spending Reduction Act begins the difficult task of shrinking the federal bureaucracy that threatens our future prosperity," DeMint said. "Congress must take the steps now to balance the budget, pay off our debt and preserve freedom for future generations."


    The proposal includes provisions to eliminate automatic pay increases for civilian employees for five years, cut the workforce by 15 percent through attrition and hire one new worker for every two who leave. The legislation also would collect unpaid taxes from federal workers, prohibit employees from conducting union business while on the job and cut the federal travel budget in half.
    More: http://www.govexec.com/story_page.cf...dcn=todaysnews


    And the hits just keep on coming......

    Thanks, republicans.

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    Default Re: Republican plan to cut Federal Workers, Pay, Retirement

    Quote Originally Posted by James48843 View Post
    Not to be out "anti-federal employees" by their own party, now there is this-

    a FIVE YEAR PAY FREEZE PROPOSAL from the republicans.

    And the hits just keep on coming......

    Thanks, republicans.
    Not a formal bill yet, please contact your congressperson/senator to voice your concern.

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