House Democrats have again reintroduced legislation that would guarantee paid family leave for federal employees to care for a new child or sick family member. This time, the Federal Employee Paid Leave Act would guarantee up to 12 weeks of time.
Democrats won the House in Tuesday’s midterm elections but several Washington, D.C.-area races and seats important to federal workers were more of a mixed bag.
Many D.C.-area representatives are largely secure, according to RealClearPolitics, but the national capital region is still seeing some hotly contested races in Virginia.
The Voice of America has fired or proposed to terminate 15 individuals following investigations that found the individuals had accepted improper payments from a foreign official.
House Republicans said they’ve reached a tentative deal on a federal pay raise for 2019. Federal employee unions and House Democrats, however, are cautious about the agreement.
Recent House votes included bills on the National Institute of Standards and Technology and the Department of Energy, while committees on natural resources have made progress on a bill to cut down on national parks maintenance.
More than 40 percent of House lawmakers have gone on the record in support of a federal pay raise for civilian employees in 2019.
President Donald Trump said a pay freeze wouldn’t hurt Uncle Sam in either recruiting or retaining good people. Government unions denounced the proposed pay freeze and Trump’s attitude toward federal workers.
Bloomberg Government editorial director Loren Duggan joined Federal Drive with Tom Temin for an update.
At one least House Republican is appealing to President Donald Trump to rescind his proposed pay freeze for federal employees next year.