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Posted at 06:00 AM ET, 02/02/2012

Which lawmakers are friendliest to federal workers?


Sen. Barbara Boxer (D-Calif.). (Brendan Hoffman - GETTY IMAGES)
If federal employees are looking for a loyal friend on Capitol Hill, there are at least 25 Democratic lawmakers they should call.

Eye Opener

Those Democrats earned perfect scores in the most recent report card published by Federal Employed Women — a group that advocates for, wait for it, female federal employees.

Among the chart toppers are Sens. Barbara Boxer (D-Calif.) and Tom Harkin (D-Iowa), who supported FEW’s preferences 100 percent of the time on 10 bills related to federal personnel issues during the first half of the 112th Congress.

In the House, 23 Democrats also earned 100 percent scores, including Washington-area lawmakers James Moran (Va.), Chris Van Hollen (Md.) and Gerald E. Connolly (Va.) and Debbie Wasserman Schultz (Fla.), Tammy Baldwin (Wis.), Carolyn Maloney (N.Y.) and Niki Tsongas (Mass.).

An additional 108 House lawmakers and 12 senators earned 90 percent scores — a record in the history of the scorecard, according to FEW.

Here’s the list of bills FEW tracked and how they wanted lawmakers to vote:

1) Federal pay: Whether the lawmaker voted for a House Republican budget resolution (H.Con.Res. 34) to freeze federal pay, increase federal worker contributions to pensions and cut the federal workforce by 10 percent. FEW position: Vote no.

2) Equal Rights Amendment: Whether the lawmaker co-sponsored an amendment to H.J. Res. 69 that proposes amending the U.S. Constitution to ensure “equal rights for men and women.” FEW position: Co-sponsor it.

3) Equal Rights Amendment: Whether the lawmaker co-sponsored an amendment to H.J. Res. 47 that would remove the deadline for state ratification of the Equal Rights Amendment. FEW position: Co-sponsor it.

4) Employment benefits: Vote on an amendment that prohibited the use of any funds to be used for federal worker step increases. FEW position: Vote no.

5) Paycheck fairness: Whether the lawmaker co-sponsored the Paycheck Fairness Act. FEW position: Co-sponsor it.

6) Federal worker recognition: Vote on passage of a bill that authorized presenting a U.S. flag on behalf of federal civilian employees who die of injuries incurred in connection with their employment. FEW position: Vote yes.

7) Federal workforce size: Whether the lawmaker co-sponsored a measure that would have reduced the federal workforce by 10 percent through attrition. FEW position: Don’t co-sponsor it.

8) Federal pay freeze: Whether the lawmaker voted to pass a GOP payroll tax bill that would have frozen federal pay for three more years and decrease pension benefits. FEW position: Vote no.

9) Federal worker reduction bill: Whether the lawmaker voted to defeat an amendment to H.R. 1540 that would have reduced the baseline number of civilian employees at the Department of Defense by 1 percent every year for the next five years. FEW position: Vote no.

10) Furloughs for feds: Whether the lawmaker co-sponsored a bill that would mandate two-week furloughs for federal workers. FEW position: Vote no.

Special interest groups, unions and other organizations release similar report cards that score how lawmakers vote on issues and bills of importance to the group. To view FEW’s full report — and how your lawmaker voted on the group’s issues of concern — click here.

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Further reading:

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For more, visit PostPolitics and The Fed Page.

By  |  06:00 AM ET, 02/02/2012

Categories:  Eye Opener, Congress, Workplace Issues

 
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