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PRESIDENT'S MESSAGE

March 2020

President, Tony Pizza

 

I hope everyone is staying safe from the ongoing flu panic. Keep calm and be careful about crowded situations. That does not include our NARFE meeting Ė we only have a cozy group of out 20, so no worries.

You probably recently got another request for money from NARFE headquarters. This time itís not for greeting cards, notepads, etc. Itís much more important. It's for NARFE-PAC.

NARFE-PAC protects NARFE members' pay and benefits by raising and spending money to elect members of Congress who support the federal community.

Contributions to NARFE-PAC also help build strong relationships with lawmakers, a key component to winning legislative fights. NARFE-PAC is financed through NARFE membersí direct, voluntary contributions to a separate fund. It does not come from our dues. Thatís why it's important you respond to this one.

Itís a never-ending fight to protect our benefits, and that's why we need a strong lobbying effort that's supported by NARFE-PAC. The FY 2021 budget proposed by the administration has a number of items opposed by NARFE. Without going into all the details in our limited space, National President Ken Thomas had this to say: ďThe very people whom President Trump praised in December for their devotion, vigilant efforts and contributions now face a bleak financial future as the president once again proposes substantial cuts and insufficient advances to civil servants' earned pay and benefits in his FY21 budget request. Specifically, the administrationís proposed pay raise of 1.0 percent fails to keep pace with private-sector increases and the raise allotted to military members. Additionally, its insistence on pursuing the elimination of the Office of Personnel Management (OPM), even after Congress has prohibited it from doing so, is a clear waste of time and blatant disregard for resources that could be directed toward identifying realistic and feasible improvements to OPM operations.Ē

A bank robber pulls out gun points it at the teller, and says, "Give me all the money or you're geography!" The puzzled teller replies, "Did you mean to say 'or you're history?'" The robber says, "Don't change the subject!"