Yesterday, the House Appropriations Committee approved the FY 2019 Financial Services and General Government (FSGG) spending bill which includes funding for various NTEU-represented agencies, including the IRS, SEC, and CFPB, as well as government-wide provisions that impact the entire federal workforce.
The full committee made no substantive changes to the subcommittee-approved bill, which would provide the IRS with a total of $11.6 billion for FY 2019, $186 million more than the current FY 2018 enacted level, and notably $481 million above the administration’s request. This includes $77 million to carry out the new tax law that may be allocated to the taxpayer service, enforcement or operations support accounts.
For the SEC, the bill provides an appropriation of $1.66 billion for the Commission to perform its important duties in protecting investors and maintaining market fairness, which NTEU does not believe is sufficient. The bill also funds FCC, FEC, and other bureaus of the Treasury Department at expected levels.
We are also disappointed the bill remains silent on providing federal workers with a pay raise for January 2019, and that the measure would place CFPB under the appropriations process. During consideration of the bill, the committee also rejected by voice vote an NTEU-supported amendment from Representative Marcy Kaptur (D-OH) to strike language that weakens financial regulatory agencies.
In advance of the full committee action, NTEU sent a letter to every member of the committee urging support for amendments to increase funding for the IRS and the SEC, to protect the CFPB, and to provide federal workers with a much-needed pay raise for FY 2019 and to extend the current moratorium on new A-76 competitions. In a win for protecting federal jobs against administration attempts to outsource federal functions to the private sector, Representative Matt Cartwright (D-PA) successfully added in NTEU-supported language to the bill to continue the A-76 moratorium government-wide for FY 2019.
Prior to full House consideration of the FSGG bill, NTEU will continue to make clear the importance of providing a decent pay increase for federal workers for 2019, ensuring the IRS, SEC, and CFPB receive the proper resources for FY 2019 to enable them to carry out their important missions on behalf of the American public, and to oppose any provisions that undermine federal employee workplace protections, and their ability to do their jobs.
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