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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

H.R. 1259

Rep. David Roe (R-TN)

Cosponsors: 13


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

Referred to House Oversight and Government Reform.

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: 54

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: 29


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: 5

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: 4


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: 37


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: 6


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

Rep. 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: 7


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: 3


To terminate the Environmental Protection Agency.

Referred to House Science, Space, and Technology.

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: 15


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: 91


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 by a voice vote and referred to the Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs.

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

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 Committee on Armed Services.

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: 1

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

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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