Friday, July 14, 2017

NARFE Legislative Hotline July 14, 2017

Message from NARFE President Richard G. Thissen

“House Budget Chairman Diane Black continues to pursue consensus within her committee and caucus in anticipation of moving a budget resolution out of committee next week. The budget resolution taking shape is expected to require significant cuts to mandatory spending, which includes federal retirement. NARFE members need to stand up and contact their representative to express their opposition to such proposals. On Tuesday, July 18, there will be a national call-in day to protect your earned benefits. Please be sure to use our call script below and contact your representative on Tuesday.”

Upcoming Legislative Webinar: Federal Benefits Under Attack – What You Need To Know 

NARFE's Legislative Department is hosting a webinar on the very real threats to your earned federal retirement and health benefits. The webinar will review the proposals currently being debated in Congress that could impact your retirement and health care plans – and what you can do to prevent them from becoming law. The proposed budget being debated in Congress has crippling implications for the earned pay and benefits of current and retired Feds, making it extremely important that all federal workers and retirees understand what’s at stake and take action.

The 20-minute webinar will be hosted by NARFE’s Legislative Director Jessica Klement on Thursday, July 20, at 2 p.m. ET. Click here to register now! Those unable to attend the live webinar can access it on the NARFE website within 48 hours.

Call Your Representative to Protect Your Benefits on July 18 

On Tuesday, July 18, NARFE will be participating in a national call-in day in partnership with the Federal-Postal Coalition which includes 30 member organizations. NARFE members should call their representative on Tuesday in order to protect their earned pay and benefits from being targeted in the congressional budget process. Timing is critical, as the House Budget Committee is pushing to mark up their proposed budget as early as next week.

Threats to your retirement security already have been outlined in the president’s budget proposal, and the threats are real. NARFE members must take a stand to ensure that the congressional budget resolution does not set the stage for those proposals, or any other cuts to federal retirement programs, to become law.

Members should dial NARFE’s toll-free number (1-866-220-0044) and use this call script to ask their representative to reject any cuts to the earned pay and benefits of federal workers and retirees. Your benefits have been earned and cutting them in retirement goes back on a fundamental promise made to those who dedicated their working lives for the public good.

Be sure to call your representative on Tuesday, July 18!

NARFE President Joins Town Hall Discussion on Alzheimer’s 

This week, NARFE President Richard G. Thissen joined Rep. Gerald E. Connolly, D-VA, for a town hall meeting focused on resources for those living with Alzheimer’s and their families and caregivers. Thissen appeared with a panel of Alzheimer’s activists from Northern Virginia and spoke at the event, titled “Facing Alzheimer’s: Community Resources, Support and Action.” 

During the town hall, Rep. Connolly discussed the resources available for those living with Alzheimer’s and opened the floor for discussion on what needs to be done to help support individuals with the disease. He expressed the need for more care options and better treatment, and put forward the idea of an Alzheimer’s “moon shot,” which would provide considerable federal funding for Alzheimer’s research.

When giving his remarks, Thissen reaffirmed NARFE’s commitment to finding a cure for Alzheimer’s and proudly boasted NARFE members' dedication to the cause. Thissen also noted that since partnering with the Alzheimer’s Association, NARFE members have donated more than $12.3 million to help find a cure for this devastating disease.

More information about the Alzheimer’s Association can be found here. Thank you to all NARFE members who have taken part in the fight to end Alzheimer’s.

Make Your Voice Heard in Congress

NARFE members are encouraged to use the new, easy-to-use NARFE Legislative Action Center to send letters to members of Congress on a variety of NARFE issues, sign up for action alerts and track NARFE-related bills and votes.

Have you attended a meeting, town hall or telephone town hall with your senator(s) or representative recently? Fill out a simple feedback form here in the new Action Center to tell NARFE’s legislative staff the details of your legislator’s stance on NARFE issues.

Obtaining the Hotline

This weekly legislative message is emailed to NARFE members, posted on the NARFE website and available to NARFE members via telephone by calling 703-838-7780 and toll-free at 877-217-8234. Past editions are archived online for NARFE member access. If you have any questions regarding the information in this Hotline, please email NARFE’s Legislative Department at or call 703-838-7760.

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