Dear Members - as noted in the Convention Program Carol was to give
Memorial Reading at the 2016 Idaho NARFE Convention. It was reported that he had
an accident & was in the Hospital is Serious condition during the Convention.
I am sad to report that Carol Owen succumbed to the injuries of the
accident. He was a US Marine veteran, postal employee & NARFE lifetime member.
His wife died earlier in the year.
The Memorial Service will be held at the Crosspoint Community Church on
Grandview Ave in Idaho Falls at 2PM Friday June 3rd.
Please remember him in your prayers.
SE Idaho Regional VP
**ID Federation Monthly Financial Report for May 2016
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Call your members
of Congress and tell them to vote “NO” on a budget resolution that includes
cuts to federal employees and retirees!
In March, both the House and Senate passed Fiscal Year 2016 budget
resolutions that attack federal employees’ and retirees’ earned pay, health and
retirement benefits. House and Senate budget committee chairmen Rep. Tom Price,
R-GA, and Sen. Michael B. Enzi, R-WY, have returned early from recess to begin
discussions on drafting a joint budget resolution. This joint budget resolution
must pass both the House and Senate, and we expect a vote to take place theweek
of April 20th.
NOW is the time to take action against any budget conference report that
includes “savings” on the backs of the federal workforce and federal retirees.
NARFE members must tell their members of Congress to oppose any FY16 budget that
would penalize the very employees whose job it is to carry out the laws they
Given the timing of the vote, NARFE members are encouraged to call their
two senators and representative and tell them to vote NO on any budget
resolution that includes cuts to federal employees and retirees. You can call
The House budget proposed $318 billion in “savings” by raising the cost
of health insurance for all Federal Employees Health Benefits Program
participants, eliminating federal jobs, increasing retirement contributions for
current employees and, perhaps most shocking, changing the rate of return on the
Thrift Savings Plan G Fund. The Senate budget, while less specific in how it
would cut costs, still asks the federal community for $170 billion toward
NARFE members can call their members of Congress directly in four easy
NARFE’s toll-free number for the Capitol: 1-866-220-0044. Ask the operator
to connect you to your representative’s or senator’s office. If you
prefer, you can find the direct number for your members of Congress through
their websites atwww.house.gov andwww.senate.gov.
Tell the staff person who answers
the telephone your name and where you live so he/she knows that you are a
constituent. Then say:“I am a retired/active federal employee and a member
of NARFE. I am encouraging Representative (NAME)/Senator (NAME) to oppose
any FY16 budget agreement that penalizes hard-working federal employees or
threatens the retirement security of federal retirees. Proposals included in
the House and Senate budget resolutions are a direct attack on effective
government, will impact every American, and should not be included in a
joint budget resolution.”
You also can add:
and retirees didn’t cause the budget crisis. Making extreme cuts to their
pay, health and retirement benefits would unfairly single out those who
protect our nation and many retirees now on a fixed income.”
Thank the staff member for
listening and request a written response.
Repeat steps 1-3 until you have
called your representative and both senators.
And remember to tell your family and friends to call, too. These
proposed policies will result in weaker government services for all.
NARFE members also cansend
an email to members of the House
and Senate, urging them to oppose any budget agreement that includes these cuts
to federal employees and retirees.
Thank you for taking action to protect your earned pay and benefits!
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where a lot of information from the Region IX Training is
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LEGISLATIVE ACTION CENTER
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message to Capitol Hill! For access to your legislators’ bios, their
positions on NARFE-supported bills and suggested text for you to send to
your members of Congress,CLICK
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SOCIAL SECURITY AND MEDICARE
Dear NARFE Member,
For the third consecutive
summer I have received from the following organizations a large
number of letters each requesting a donation. In
2014 I kept track and listed the number of letters received from
each organization. From
the “Senior Citizens League” four letters and two surveys, from
the “American Federation of Senior Citizens” one letter and one
survey, from the “Alliance for Retired Americans” one letter
with a petition, from the “AARP” one letter and three petitions
for signature, and from the “National Committee To Protect
Social Security and Medicare” 21 letters most with petitions to
Congressman Raul Labrador and both of Idaho’s Senators. Now
if I was to make a minimum contribution of say $5.00 each that
would have amounted to $140.00 and over 50% of my Social
Security. I like the
idea that they are all working for an $80 increase to Social
Security that each of us receives monthly, but the battle rules
On November 4, 2014,
American voters went to the polls and elected to Washington, DC
a Republican majority in the US Senate and increased the
Republican majority in the House of Representatives.
Let’s talk about some
details that were widely reported by the news media, so let’s
call them facts for lack of any better terminology. Most
Republicans are well-meaning persons, with good intentions and
strong beliefs that what they are doing is correct. After
the 2012 elections the Republicans said they would not help
President Obama and they would repeal the Affordable Care Act,
better known as Obama Care.
In the House of
Representatives they voted 50 times to repeal the Affordable
Care Act and passed the Ryan Budget twice and a number of other
bills that went absolutely nowhere. They
failed to pass any meaningful legislation that would help the
nation. In the US
Senate they did even less. Except
the Congress shut down the government and sent all federal
workers home and has refused to pay them as they feuded with the
President over who was running things.
During the election process
the Republicans managed to sell to voters the idea that this was
the President’s problem and that the President caused the
problems. And, further, that the lack of meaningful legislation
was the result of the majority leader of the Senate and not the
Republican Party. I
doubt that I will ever figure out how they completely sold the
biggest fairy tale in politics to the voters of the nation, but
let’s face it, now we have a Democratic President and a
According to the experts
let’s take a look at what’s in store for the new Senate? The
answer is much of the same gridlock and grind. Why, because
President Obama is prepared to use veto power on his most valued
Mitch McConnell in his victory speech pointed to an “obligation
to work together on issues where we can agree”. Meanwhile
Republicans in the House say they will recycle a raft of bills,
most of them relatively narrow in scope that they’ve passed
before but never gotten through the Senate. Among
other things those measures would open up more oil and gas
drilling, require government agencies to disclose more about
their process of writing regulations, and encourage employers to
hire more military veterans. In
short, GOP control of the hill means a rough road for federal
Even though Darrell Issa
(R-CA) and Paul Ryan (R-WI) will not be chairmen of the
Government Oversight Committee and Budget Committee, NARFE
predictions are that federal employees still have some worries
as both have written the Congressional Budget Office asking for
the budgetary impact of different options for reforming FERS
retirement system. Congressman
Ryan’s budget wants to charge the government employees an
additional $125 million, plus pay an additional 5.5% for
retirement, and put tough sequestration cuts back into the
budget. At this time
it does not appear that the President’s budget will contain the
Chained CPI COLA adjustment, but this could change almost any
time for almost any reason.
So if you are a federal
employee or a federal retiree get ready for a very busy year. Be
ready to fight to save your benefits. If
you think that someone else can do it for you, be happy with
what little you have left!
Daniel J. Bosse
Idaho Federation Legislative
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