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Legislative Tracker - 115th Congress

The 115th Congress presents unique challenges and opportunities for the federal workforce. It has begun with a flurry of legislation being introduced directly affecting many issues important to FMA members. This page will serve as a guide for pieces of legislation introduced which are vital to feds as well as FMA's stance on each particular bill as it moves through the legislative process. The page will be updated regularly as more legislation is introduced and moves through Congress.

Bill Number/Name/ Sponsor

Purpose of the bill

Latest Action(s)

FMA Position

S. 1094: Department of Veterans Affairs Accountability and Whistleblower Protection Act of 2017

 

Sen. Marco Rubio

 

Cosponsors: 17

 

To improve the accountability of employees of the Department of Veterans Affairs, and for other purposes.

Committee on Veterans' Affairs. Hearings held.

 

http://bit.ly/2qC9dnl

 

 

FMA strongly opposes this bill which seeks to erode due process and strip benefits for feds in the VA.

S. 990: MGT Act

 

Sen. Jerry Moran (R-KS)

 

Cosponsors: 3

To modernize Government information technology, and for other purposes.

Read twice and referred to the Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs.

 

http://bit.ly/2r0UkaV

 

 

 

FMA supports this bill which would modernize the federal government’s information technology.

H.R. 2227: MGT Act

 

Rep. Will Hurd (R-TX)

 

Cosponsors: 18

To modernize Government information technology, and for other purposes.

Ordered to be Reported by Voice Vote.

 

http://bit.ly/2q3MYX8

 

 

FMA supports this bill which would modernize the federal government’s information technology.

H.R. 2221: Government Shutdown Prevention Act

 

Rep. Lloyd Smucker (R-PA)

 

Cosponsors: 0

 

To prohibit a government shutdown by automatically providing a CR of funding if a budget is not passed in time.

Referred to the House Committee on Appropriations.

 

http://bit.ly/2qKVNFJ

 

 

FMA supports this bill which would prevent a shutdown of the government should a budget not be passed in time.

H.R. 2214

 

Rep. Tom O’Halleran (D-AZ)

 

Cosponsors: 2

To prohibit the payment of salary to Members of Congress in the event of a Government shutdown, to direct the Congressional Budget Office to submit daily reports during the period.

 

Referred to House Oversight and Government Reform.

 

http://bit.ly/2pdZnbz

 

FMA supports this bill which puts Members of Congress in the same position as other feds if they do not do their job and allow the government to be shut down.

H.R. 2162: End Government Shutdowns Act

 

Rep. Rodney Davis (D-IL)

 

Cosponsors: 0

 

To prohibit a government shutdown by automatically providing a CR of funding if a budget is not passed in time.

Referred to the House Committee on Appropriations.

 

http://bit.ly/2pXEosV

 

FMA supports this bill which would prevent a shutdown of the government should a budget not be passed in time.

S. 918: End Government Shutdowns Act

 

Sen. Rob Portman (D-OH)

 

Cosponsors: 6

 

 

To provide specified continuing appropriations to prevent a government shutdown if any appropriations measure for a fiscal year has not been enacted or a joint resolution making continuing appropriations is not in effect after the fiscal year begins.

 

Read twice and referred to the Committee on Appropriations.

 

http://bit.ly/2ph1ZW1

 

 

FMA supports this bill which would prevent a shutdown of the government should a budget not be passed in time.

H.R. 1878

 

Rep. Nydia Velazquez (D-NY)

 

Cosponsors: 8

 

To prohibit any hiring freeze from affecting the Small Business Administration.

Referred to the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform.

 

http://bit.ly/2qU7300

 

 

FMA supports this bill which aims to curtail the effects of hiring freezes.

H.R. 1839: Retired Civil Servant Military Service Restoration Act

 

Rep. Beto O’Rourke (D-TX)

 

Cosponsors: 0

To amend title 5, United States Code, to clarify the timing of deposits relating to the Civil Service Retirement System with respect to crediting military service, and for other purposes.

 

Referred to the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform.

 

http://bit.ly/2qKDdOj

 

FMA supports this bill because it makes it easier for feds who served in the armed forces to collect benefits.

H.R. 1794: Hold Congress Accountable Act

 

Rep. Kurt Schrader (D-OR)

 

Cosponsors: 15

 

To reduce the annual rate of pay of Members of Congress if a Government shutdown occurs during a year, and for other purposes.

Referred to House Oversight and Government Reform.

 

http://bit.ly/2pdS3fX

 

 

FMA supports this bill which puts Members of Congress in the same position as other feds if they do not do their job and allow the government to be shut down.

S. 899

 

Sen. Mazie Hirono (D-HI)

 

Cosponsors: 2

To ensure that new Federal employees who are veterans with service-connected disabilities are provided leave for purposes of undergoing medical treatment for such disabilities apply to certain employees of the Veterans Health Administration, and for other purposes.

Read twice and referred to the Committee on Veterans' Affairs.

 

http://bit.ly/2qnM6gO

 

FMA is in favor of this bill which makes it easier for new feds to get the medical treatments they need.

H.R. 1789: No Government No Pay Act of 2017

 

Rep. Richard Nolan (D-MN)

 

Cosponsors: 5

To prohibit the pay of Members of Congress during periods in which a Government shutdown is in effect, and for other purposes.

Referred to House Oversight and Government Reform.

 

http://bit.ly/2qKEGEf

 

 

FMA supports this bill which puts Members of Congress in the same position as other feds if they do not do their job and allow the government to be shut down.

H.R. 1779: No Budget, No Pay Act

 

Rep. Jim Cooper (D-TN)

 

Cosponsors: 20

To provide that Members of Congress may not receive pay after October 1 of any fiscal year in which Congress has not approved a concurrent resolution on the budget and passed the regular appropriations bills

 

Referred to the House Committee on House Administration.

 

http://bit.ly/2qiNBgm

 

FMA is in favor of this bill as it aims to incentivize Congress of passing timely budgets which affect every federal employee.

S. 901

 

Sen. Hirono (D-HI)

 

Cosponsors: 10

A bill to prohibit any reduction in the amount of the per diem allowance to which members of the Army, Navy, Air Force, and Marine Corps or civilian employees of the Department of Defense are entitled based on the duration of temporary duty assignments or official travel, and for other purposes.

Referred to the Committee on Armed Services.

 

http://bit.ly/2plvHET

 

FMA supports this bill because it protects per diem amounts received by federal employees during temporary duty assignment.

S. 861: Federal Employee Fair Treatment Act of 2017

 

Sen. Ben Cardin (D-MD)

 

Cosponsors: 18

In the event of a shutdown on April 28, the date on which current funding expires, federal workers would be given back pay once the government reopened.

 

Placed on Senate Legislative Calendar under General Orders. Calendar No. 35.

 

http://bit.ly/2ojBLie

 

 

FMA supports this bill which gives federal employees their rightful pay in the event of the government shutdown.

S. 873

 

Sen. Rob Portman (R-OH)

 

Cosponsors: 1

A bill to amend section 8433 of title 5, United States Code, to provide for flexibility in making withdrawals from the Thrift Savings Fund.

Read twice and referred to the Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs.

 

http://bit.ly/2plvHET

 

FMA supports the bill which offers more options for feds from the TSF.

H.R. 1561

 

Rep. Nydia Velazquez (D-NY)

 

Cosponsors: 7

To prohibit any hiring freeze from affecting the National Institutes of Health and the Centers for Disease Control.

Referred to the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform.

 

http://bit.ly/2nNhROM

 

FMA supports the bill which prohibits the effects of the hiring freeze on the hardworking feds of the NIH and the CDC.

H.R. 1716

 

Rep. Nydia Velazquez (D-NY)

 

Cosponsors: 10

To prohibit any hiring freeze from affecting the Environmental Protection Agency.

Referred to the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform.

 

http://bit.ly/2nkqy1M

 

 

 

FMA supports the bill which prohibits the effects of the hiring freeze on the hardworking feds of the EPA.

H.R. 1594

 

Rep Matt Cartwright (D-PA)

 

Cosponsors: 3

To ensure that the percentage increase in rates of basic pay for prevailing wage employees shall be equal to the percentage increase received by other Federal employees in the same pay locality, and for other purposes.

 

Referred to the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform.

 

http://bit.ly/2nvwrts

 

 

FMA supports this bill that aims to increase wages for feds.

H.R. 1259: VA Accountability First Act of 2017

 

Rep. David Roe (R-TN)

 

Cosponsors: 26

To provide for the removal or demotion of employees of the Department of Veterans Affairs based on performance or misconduct, and for other purposes.

Passed the house by a 237-178 vote and referred to the Senate Committee on Veterans' Affairs.

 

http://bit.ly/2mBPsep

 

 

FMA opposes the bill which makes it easier to fire or demote feds at the Department of Veterans Affairs.

H.R. 1022: Federal Employees Paid Parental Leave Act of 2017

 

Rep. Carolyn Maloney (D-NY)

 

Cosponsors: 71

 

 

To provide that 6 of the 12 weeks of parental leave made available to a Federal employee shall be paid leave, and for other purposes.

Referred to House Administration.

 

http://bit.ly/2m48aYO

 

FMA supports this bill which expands the rights of feds and would grant parental leave.

H.R. 1004: Regulatory Integrity Act of 2017

 

Rep. Tim Walberg (R-MI)

 

Cosponsors: 8

To require the publication of information relating to pending agency regulatory actions, and for other purposes.

Passed the house by a 246-176 vote and referred to the Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs.

 

http://bit.ly/2m4U7DY

 

 

FMA opposes the bill as it makes it more difficult for agencies to engage in advocacy and others to engage on advocacy on their behalf.

H.R. 1001: Veterans Federal Hiring Protection Act of 2017

 

Rep. Stephen Lynch (D-MA)

 

Cosponsors: 35

 

 

To exempt certain veterans and other individuals from the application of the hiring freeze.

Referred to the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform.

 

http://bit.ly/2lEEiR2

 

FMA supports this bill calling for exceptions from the hiring freeze for veterans.

H.R. 990

 

Rep. Tom Cole (R-OK)

 

Cosponsors: 8

To prohibit any hiring freeze from affecting Department of Defense civilian positions in facilities that perform depot maintenance or are designated as a center for industrial and technical excellence, and for other purposes.

Referred to the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform.

 

http://bit.ly/2lsz92j

 

 

FMA supports the bill which protects feds who work at depots from being affected from any hiring freeze.

H.R. 989

 

Rep. Tom Cole (R-OK)

 

Cosponsors: 7

To exempt certain Department of Defense civilian positions from any furlough as a result of a lapse in discretionary appropriations, and for other purposes.

Referred to the House Committee on Armed Services.

 

http://bit.ly/2kxQtmY

 

 

FMA supports this bill as it protects feds from any furlough.

H.R. 757: FAIR Act

 

Rep. Gerry Connolly (D-VA)

 

Cosponsors: 64

To increase the rates of pay under the statutory pay systems and for prevailing rate employees by 3.2 percent.

Referred to the House Committee on Oversight and Government.

 

http://bit.ly/2kR0Y1B

 

FMA supports this bill because it seeks to increase the pay of hardworking federal employees.

S. 255: Fair Act

 

Sen. Brian Schatz (D-HI)

 

Cosponsors: 7

To increase the rates of pay under the General Schedule and other statutory pay systems and for prevailing rate employees by 3.2 percent.

Referred to the Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs.

 

http://bit.ly/2kceQXj

 

FMA supports this bill because it seeks to increase the pay of hardworking federal employees.

H.R. 742

 

Rep. Derek Kilmer: (D-WA)

 

Cosponsors: 5

To prohibit any hiring freeze from affecting any Department of Defense position at, or in support of, a public shipyard.

Referred to the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform.

 

http://bit.ly/2kQSMOS

 

FMA supports this bill as it protects feds who work at shipyards from being affected from any hiring freeze.

S. 250

 

Sen. Brian Schatz (D-HI)

 

Cosponsors: 4

To prohibit any hiring freeze from affecting any Department of Defense position at, or in support of, a public shipyard.

Referred to the Committee on Armed Services.

 

http://bit.ly/2kXOXtV

 

FMA supports this bill as it protects feds who work at shipyards from being affected from any hiring freeze.

H.R. 899

 

Rep. Thomas Massie (R-KY)

 

Cosponsors: 10

To terminate the Department of Education.

Referred to the House Committee on Education and the Workforce.

 

http://bit.ly/2kdWdwZ

 

FMA opposes this bill because it will eliminate jobs for feds doing good work on behalf of our nation’s public education.

H.R. 861

 

Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-FL)

 

Cosponsors: 6

To terminate the Environmental Protection Agency.

Referred to the Subcommittee on Environment.

 

http://bit.ly/2kyYMf6

 

 

FMA opposes this bill as it will eliminate jobs for federal employees who work tirelessly to protect the environment.

H.R. 559: MERIT Act of 2017

 

Rep. Barry Loudermilk

 

Cosponsors: 20

The head of an agency may remove an employee from the civil service if the head determines the performance or misconduct of the individual warrants such removal.

 

Referred to the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform.

 

http://bit.ly/2kZL6Na

 

FMA opposes this bill as it erodes due process for federal employees.

H.R. 396: Tax Accountability Act of 2017

 

Rep. Jason Chaffetz

 

Cosponsors: 0

To provide that individuals having seriously delinquent tax debts shall be ineligible for Federal employment, and for other purposes.

Referred to the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform.

 

http://bit.ly/2jKDhsZ

 

FMA opposes this bill as it singles out feds who are behind on their taxes, prevents them from being hired; wrong when you consider feds pay their taxes more promptly than their private sector counterparts.

 

H.R. 696

 

Rep. Kurt Schrader (D-OR)

 

Cosponsors: 95

To prohibit any hiring freeze from affecting the Department of Veterans Affairs.

Referred to the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform.

 

http://bit.ly/2kb2YTX

 

While FMA is strongly against any hiring freeze, we support this bill which maintains standard hiring at the VA in the event of a hiring freeze.

H.R. 274: Modernizing Government Travel Act

 

Rep. Seth Moulton (D-MA)

 

Cosponsors: 10

To provide for reimbursement for the use of modern travel services by federal employees traveling on official Government business, and for other purposes.

Passed the House and Senate by a voice vote and presented to the President.

 

http://bit.ly/2jetwEA

 

 

FMA supports this bill which clarifies and calls for accurate reporting of reimbursements for official travel by federal employees.

S. 114: Department of Veterans Affairs Bonus Transparency Act

 

Sen. Dean Heller (R-NV)

 

Cosponsors: 1

To require the Secretary of Veterans Affairs to submit an annual report regarding performance awards and bonuses awarded to certain high-level employees of the Department of Veterans Affairs.

 

Referred to the Committee on Veterans' Affairs.

 

http://bit.ly/2jepex9

 

FMA opposes bill because it singles out hardworking feds who would be arbitrarily subjected for bonuses that they would normally earn outright.

H.R. 295: REDUCE Act

 

Rep. Ken Calvert (R-CA)

 

Cosponsors: 8

Reduce full-time members of the Department of Defense by 15%/reducing DOD members to 85% of levels based on September 30, 2016.

Referred to the House Subcommittee on Readiness.

 

http://bit.ly/2j4CSSp

 

 

FMA opposes bill because reducing the members of the DOD is detrimental to national security and increases the chances of inefficiency and lower quality work.

S.29: Fair RETIRE Act

 

Sen. Jon Tester (D-MT)

 

Cosponsors: 4

A bill to ensure federal employees with “physically demanding jobs” do not lose out on retirement benefits if they are forced to end their careers due to a work-related injury before becoming retirement eligible.

 

Referred to the Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Government Affairs.

 

http://bit.ly/2ifDIKV

 

 

FMA is in favor of the bill as it guarantees the right for feds to receive the benefits they will earn over years of hard work.

H.R. 85

 

Rep. Marsha Blackburn (R-TN)

 

Cosponsors: 6

To make 1 percent across-the-board rescissions in non-defense, non-homeland-security, and non-veterans-affairs discretionary spending for each of the fiscal years 2017 and 2018.

 

Referred to House Appropriations Committee.

 

http://bit.ly/2jAeqJy

 

 

 

FMA opposes bill because it cuts resources to agencies whose mission is to make the government run with more efficiency and make American life better.

 



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