BUDGET DOES NOT INCLUDE CUTS FOR FEDS BUT THERE ARE STILL WAYS COMPENSATION CAN BE CUT DOWN THE ROAD - October 27, 2017
House Vote Takes Federal Retirement Cuts Off the Table For Now
By Erich Wagner, Government Executive
The House voted 216-212 to approve the Senate version of the fiscal 2018 budget resolution Thursday, clearing the way for Republicans’ tax reform effort and ending, for the moment, one threat to federal employee and retiree benefits.
House lawmakers initially approved a budget on Oct. 5 that included a mandate that the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee find $32 billion in savings over the next decade. Although the legislation did not specify how the committee should cut spending, the accompanying report suggested federal retirement benefits were an area to explore, and the Trump administration last spring proposed a series of changes to federal retirement.