Today, Congressman Steny H. Hoyer (MD-5) held a meeting in Bowie, Maryland with members of the National Active and Retired Federal Employees Associations (NARFE) from the Fifth District and throughout Maryland to discuss a variety of issues affecting federal employees and retirees including pay and benefits, federal retirement programs, and the impact of sequestration.

“I was pleased to join NARFE members today to express my gratitude for their service to our country and to discuss some of the pressing issues affecting our federal retirees,” stated Congressman Hoyer. “I have continued to focus this Congress on standing up for federal workers and retirees by opposing pension cuts and other attempts to shift the burden of deficit reduction onto their shoulders alone. Already, federal employees have contributed $138 billion to deficit reduction while other Americans have not been asked to do so. This comes at a time when federal employees are making, according to the Federal Salary Council, on average 35.4 % less than private sector workers in comparable positions. Congress ought to work toward a big and balanced agreement to restore fiscal sustainability – not a piecemeal approach that unfairly targets federal employees. I will continue to advocate on behalf of all current and retired federal employees to ensure they earn the recognition they deserve for their contributions to our nation.”

Congressman Hoyer represents over 62,000 federal employees in Maryland’s Fifth District, which is home to NASA Goddard Space Flight Center, Patuxent River Naval Air Station, Webster Field, the Naval Surface Warfare Center at Indian Head, USDA’s Beltsville Agricultural Research Center, the NOAA Center for Weather and Climate Prediction, the Patuxent Wildlife Research Center, the Smithsonian Environmental Research Center, National Archives II, and the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center.

Founded in 1921, NARFE advocates for fair pay, retirement, and health care benefits on behalf of federal employees, retirees and their survivors. The members in attendance at the meeting were retired employees from several federal agencies and branches of the military.