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 IMPORTANT: This information should not be downloaded using government equipment, read during duty time or sent to others using government equipment, because it suggests action to be taken in support or against legislation. Do not use your government email address, government address or government phone in contacting your Member of Congress in response to this statement. 

American Federation of Government Employees National President John Gage today issued the following statement in response to the 2013 budget plan introduced by House Republicans:

“The House GOP budget, proposed by Rep. Paul Ryan, proposes a staggering $368 billion in additional federal workforce cuts over the next 10 years. Federal employees would have their salaries frozen for another three years and would face massive cuts to the retirement benefits promised when they were hired. In addition, the federal workforce would be cut by 10 percent,

AFGE National President John Gage

jeopardizing the federal programs and services every American relies on.

“Meanwhile, the Republican budget would deliver more tax breaks to the millionaires and billionaires, oil companies and Wall Street firms who continue to score record profits while the rest of the country struggles to recover. American companies would receive lucrative new tax incentives to move jobs overseas, worsening the employment prospects of the nearly 13 million Americans who remain out of work. The Ryan budget lowers the tax rate for millionaires and billionaires even further while slashing programs like Medicare and Medicaid.  The budget plan would transfer even greater wealth to the 1%, making them even richer, while attacking the economic future for the middle class and poor. If approved, it will undermine the creation of good jobs needed to put Americans back to work.

“Federal employees already have had their pay frozen for two consecutive years, an unprecedented action that will save the government $60 billion over 10 years. And new federal employees will pay four times as much in retirement contributions, saving taxpayers an additional $15 billion. That’s a total of $75 billion in savings.

“It is fundamentally wrong for federal employees to be required, yet again, to serve as the Automated Teller Machine for the nation. Enough is enough.”

One Response

  1. Afge 3148
    When does enough become enough, I don’t mine taking cuts when it for the greater good of my country and nation but that doesn’t seem to be the case. We work in hostile environments and cope with job related stress in order to provide for our loves ones and we have yet to seek the benefits. We took a pay freeze even when pay wasn’t even guaranteed to us. In the field of corrections city, and state make more money competitively and in comparison. Unions are much stronger aswell. Not even our retirement we pay into is really guaranteed due to the fact we may have to borrow into it to make ends meet as a result of a unfair system. Even as we speak these inequalities are progressing and taking shape. We maintain our professionalism despite this injustice but where the justice and security in our future. I’m asking Paul Ryan and House of GOP to considered other alternatives and focus their attention towards those Billionares and millionares who these taxes dont really effect. Since we happen to always be the working or middle class they profit from. If not them why us, should we have to be subjected to inequalities such as pay freezes, budget cuts these billionares and millionares rarely or seldomly see. Wondering about this change or plan is it really for the nation and its people or for a chosen few. Hopefully this message wont fall on deaf ears which we know most of the time usually does. I speak for a group of people that has truly become fed up and know that enough is truly enough.

    From Senior Officer and those like Him and their families when you cripple the nation you cripple yourselves and the country in which you live.

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