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FY2018 Budget

Expressing the sense of the House of Representatives that the United States Postal Service should take all appropriate measures to ensure the continuation of door delivery for all business and residential customers.The House of Representatives voted on Thursday to pass a nearly $790 billion "minibus" appropriations package to fund the military, energy programs and water projects, U.S. Capitol operations, veteran's benefits and initial construction of a U.S.-Mexico border wall in a 235-192, mostly party-line vote.

Of note, the resolution suggests raising federal employees’ pension contributions and eliminating the so-called “Social Security supplement” that covers the gap for workers who retire under FERS before they qualify for Social Security benefits at age 62. In addition, the resolution encourages Congress to embrace certain provisions from the National Commission on Fiscal Responsibility and Reform, a presidential commission created in 2010 by President Obama, which also include reducing CSRS and FERS pension benefits for new retirees by basing annuities on employees’ highest average pay over five years (high-5) instead of over three years (high-3); deferring cost-of-living adjustments (COLAs) for retirees in the current system until age 62, and in place of annual increases, provide a one-time catch-up adjustment; and increasing the ratio of employer/employee contributions to federal employee pension plans.

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