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H.R. 3351: CPI-E Act of 2015 / Rep. Mike Honda, D-CA
Cosponsors: 37(D)

What Bill Would Do

Requires Social Security and many federal retirement programs to use the Consumer Price Index for the Elderly (CPI-E) to calculate cost-of living adjustments in retirement benefits.

Latest Actions(s)

Referred to the House committees on Ways and Means, Veterans' Affairs, Oversight and Government Reform, and Armed Services.

Union Rights

H.R. 4461: Federal Employee Rights Act / Rep Tom Price, R-GA Cosponsors: 41(R)

What Bill Would Do

Would limit the rights of federal employee unions by barring them from automatically deducting dues from workers' paychecks, alter the way union elections are conducted and prohibit unions from using dues to conduct political activity.

Latest Actions(s)

Referred to the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform.


H.R. 485: Wage Grade Employee Parity Act / Rep. Matt Cartwright, D-PA, Cosponsors: 9 (D), 3 (R)

What Bill Would Do

Gives the president the authority to provide Wage Grade, or hourly, employees a pay raise.

Latest Actions(s)

Referred to the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform.

Federal Compensation

H.R. 4585: The Federal Adjustment of Income Rates (FAIR) Act / Rep. Gerald E. Connolly, D- VA
Cosponsors: 80 (D)

S. 2699: The Federal Adjustment of Income Rates (FAIR) Act / Sen. Brian Schatz, D-HI Cosponsors: 3(D)

What Bill Would Do

Provides for a 3.8 percent pay raise for federal employees and a 1.4 percent increase in locality pay in 2017.

Latest Actions(s)

Referred to the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform.

S. 2699: Referred to the Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs.


H.R. 5714: Postal Service Reform Act of 2016 / Rep. Jason Chaffetz, R- UT Cosponsors: 3 (D), 1 (R)

What Bill Would Do

Requires postal retirees to enroll in Medicare in order to continue receiving their current federal health insurance coverage. Enrollment would be automatic.

Latest Actions(s)

Referred to the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform.


H. Res. 12: Expresses the sense of the House that the Postal Service should take measures to ensure continuation of six-day delivery / Rep. Sam Graves, R-MO
Cosponsors: 176 (D), 60 (R)

What Bill Would Do

Expresses the sense of the House that the U. S. Postal Service should maintain six-day mail delivery. As a resolution, it will not be sent to the president and, therefore, cannot become law.

Latest Actions(s)

Referred to the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform.


H.R. 784: Protect Overnight Delivery Act / Rep. Rosa DeLauro, D-CT, Cosponsors 100 (D), 3 (R)

What Bill Would Do

Repeals the service standards implemented by the Postal Service on 1/5/15 and directs the Postal Service to reinstate 12/31/2011 service standards.

Latest Actions(s)

Referred to the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform.

Postal Reform

S.1742: Rural Postal Act of 2015 / Sen. Heidi Heitkamp, D-ND Cosponsors: 7 (D)

What Bill Would Do

Returns to service standards of July 2012 preserves six-day delivery and puts a two-year moratorium on plant closures.

Latest Actions(s)

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


S.1742: Rural Postal Act of 2015 / Sen. Heidi Heitkamp, D-ND Cosponsors: 7 (D)

What Bill Would Do

Returns to service standards of July 2012 preserves six-day delivery and puts a two-year moratorium on plant closures.

Latest Actions(s)

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


S. 2051: The improving Postal Operations, Service and Transparency Act (Post) of 2015 / Sen. Thomas R. Carper, D-DE Cosponsors 2 (D), 3 (R)

What Bill Would Do

Requires postal employees and retirees to enroll in Medicare in order to continue receiving their current federal health insurance coverage and cuts workers' compensation benefits for injured federal employees.

Latest Actions(s)

Referred to House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform.


H.Res. 54: Expresses the sense of the House that the Postal Service should take all measures to restore service standards in effect on July 2012 / Rep. Dave McKinley, R-WV Cosponsors: 184 (D), 52 (R)

What Bill Would Do

Expresses the sense of the House that the U.S. Postal Service should restore service standards as of July 1, 2012. As a resolution, it will not be sent to the president and therefore, cannot become law.

Latest Actions(s)

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


H.R. 4422: Providing Opportunities for Savings Transactions, and Lending (POSTAL) Act of 2015 / Rep. Cedric Richmond, D-LA Cosponsors 12 (D)

What Bill Would Do

Would allow the U.S. Postal Service to provide basic financial services, including small-dollar loans, checking and savings accounts and international money transfers, and to create a Postal Card that allows user to engage in these services.

Latest Actions(s)

Referred to the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform.

Campaign Finance

H.R. 20: The Government By the People Act / Rep. John Sarbanes, D-MD
Cosponsors: 160 (D), 1 (R)

What Bill Would Do

Reforms campaign finance laws to put small donors on par with wealthier donors. Provides a tax credit for contributions and government matching contributions.

Latest Actions(s)

Referred to three House committees.

Health Care

H. R. 2175: FEHBP Prescription Drug Oversight and Cost Savings Act / Rep. Stephen F. Lynch, D-MA Cosponsors: 2 (D)

What Bill Would Do

Provides the Office of Personnel Management greater oversight authority over the prescription drug contracting and pricing methods of the Federal Employees Health Benefits Program (FEHBP).

Latest Actions(s)

Referred to the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform.

GPO/WEP

HR. 973: Social Security Fairness Act of 2015 / Rep. Rodney Davis, R-IL
Cosponsors: 117 (D), 38 (R)

S. 1651: Social Security Fairness Act of 2015 / Sen. Sherrod Brown D-OH
Cosponsors: 17 (D, 6 (R), 2 (I)

What Bill Would Do

Repeals the Government Pension Offset (GPO) and Windfall Elimination Provision (WEP).

Latest Actions(s)

Referred to the House Committee on Ways and Means.

S. 1651: Referred to the Senate Finance Committee


H.R. 711: Equal Treatment of Public Servants Act of 2015 / Rep Kevin Brady, R-TX,
Cosponsors: 49 (D), 81 (R)

What Bill Would Do

Reforms the Windfall Elimination Provision (WEP). For individuals who turn 62 in 2017 or later, it provides a new formula that would decrease the WEP penalty, on average, for those affected. For those who turn(ed) 62 before 2017, it would reduce the WEP penalty by up to 50 percent, based on savings derived from improved enforcement of WEP, as determined by the Social Security actuary.

Latest Actions(s)

Referred to the House Committee on Ways and Means.

Paid Parental Leave

H. R. 532: Federal Employees Paid Parental Leave Act / Rep. Carolyn Maloney, D-NY,
Cosponsors: 69 (D), 1 (R)

S. 2033: Federal Employees Paid Parental Leave Act / Sen. Brian Schatz, D-HI
Cosponsors: 2 (D)

What Bill Would Do

Allows federal employees six weeks of paid leave for the birth or adoption of a child.

Latest Actions(s)

Referred to the House committees on Administration and Oversight and Government Reform.

S. 2033: Referred to the Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs

DC Statehood

H.R. 317: New Columbia Admission Act / Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton, D-DC
Cosponsors 132 (D), 1 (I)

What Bill Would Do

Sets forth procedures that would allow the District of Columbia to become a state known as New Columbia.

Latest Actions(s)

Referred to the House committees on Oversight and Government Reform, and Administration.

Pension Scam Protection

H.R. 3850: Annuity Safety and Security Under Reasonable Enforcement (ASSURE) Act / Rep. Matt Cartwright, D-PA Cosponsors: 24 (D), 1 (R)

What Bill Would Do

Requires appropriate disclosures regarding "pension advance" schemes and caps the interest rates on these advances. Also creates a private right-of-action to allow individuals to enforce these laws in court.

Latest Actions(s)

Referred to four House committees.

PLEASE NOTE: The content of this page is edited from information originally published in the December 2016 edition of NARFE Magazine and is posted with the permission of NARFE Magazine.