Update on legislation

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As tempting as it was to play an April Fool's Day prank about how President Clinton agreed to a 14 percent pay raise next year, or Congress authorized $100,000 buyouts, or the powers-that-be actually did something about the penalty on early retirements, Pay and Benefits Watch is instead taking advantage of Congress' spring break to review the major pay and benefits bills that have been introduced this year.

We'll periodically update this table and re-run it in Pay and Benefits Watch.

Bill No. Purpose Most recent action
H.R. 28 Require all child care facilities for federal employees' children to be accredited and adhere to a set of safety, health and facility standards. Referred to the House Subcommittee on Civil Service.
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Express sense of the Congress that there should be parity between the compensation of members of the uniformed services and of civilian employees. Referred to the House Subcommittee on Civil Service.
H.R. 55 Allow any uninsured individual age 55 to 65 to enroll in the Federal Employees Health Benefits Program. Referred to the House Subcommittee on Civil Service.
H.R. 82 Take the Civil Service Retirement and Disability Fund, federal employees' pension fund, off-budget. Referred to the House Subcommittee on Civil Service.
H.R. 94 Repeal the statute that gives Members of Congress an automatic annual cost-of-living increase. Referred to the House Subcommittee on Civil Service.
H.R. 95 Prevent members of Congress from participating in the Federal Employees' Retirement System. Referred to the House Subcommittee on Civil Service.
H.R. 110 Make long-term care group insurance available to federal employees. Referred to the House Subcommittee on Civil Service.
H.R. 113 Allow more Medicare-eligible military beneficiaries to participate in a demonstration project permitting them to enroll in the Federal Employees Health Benefits Program. Referred to the House Subcommittee on Civil Service.
H.R. 205 Allow all Medicare-eligible military beneficiaries to enroll in the Federal Employees Health Benefits Program. Referred to the House Subcommittee on Civil Service.
H.R. 206 Make federal employees' child care more affordable. Referred to the House Subcommittee on Civil Service.
H.R. 207 Treat federal physicans' comparability allowances as basic pay for retirement purposes. Referred to the House Subcommittee on Civil Service.
H.R. 208 Allow new federal employees to roll over money from private-sector 401(k) accounts into Thrift Savings Plan accounts and allow them to immediately begin participating in the TSP. Approved by House Government Reform Committee.
H.R. 279 Require drug tests for new federal employees. Referred to the House Subcommittee on Civil Service.
H.R. 416 Correct retirement errors for federal employees. Passed by the House.
H.R. 424 Change the mandatory retirement age for members of the Capitol Police from 57 to 60. Referred to the House Subcommittee on Civil Service.
H.R. 460 Make the mandatory separation age for federal firefighters the same as the age that applies to federal law enforcement officers. Referred to the House Subcommittee on Civil Service.
H.R. 582 Improve overtime pay for federal managers. Referred to the House Subcommittee on Civil Service.
H.R. 602 Make long-term care group insurance available to federal employees. Referred to the House Subcommittee on Civil Service.
H.R. 742 Eliminate the Windfall Elimination Provision. Referred to the House Ways and Means Committee.
H.R. 807 Make Federal Reserve employees' pensions portable to other federal agencies. Passed by the House.
H.R. 860 Lessen the impact of the Windfall Elimination Provision. Referred to the House Ways and Means Committee.
H.R. 877 Treat the basic pay of members of Congress in the same manner as the basic pay of the most adversely affected federal employees. Referred to the House Subcommittee on Civil Service.
H.R. 915 Authorize a cost of living adjustment in the pay of administrative law judges. Referred to the House Judiciary Subcommittee on Commercial and Administrative Law.
H.R. 933 Ensure that coverage of bone mass measurements (for osteoporosis) is provided under the health benefits program for Federal employees Referred to the House Subcommittee on Civil Service.
H.R. 1111 Make long-term care group insurance available to federal employees. Referred to the House Subcommittee on Civil Service.
H.R. 1170 Make available under the health benefits program for federal employees the option of obtaining coverage for self and children only. Referred to the House Government Reform Committee.
H.R. 1210 Provide for continued compensation for federal employees during shutdowns. Referred to the House Government Reform Committee.
H.R. 1216 Improve pay for Veterans Affairs nurses and other employees. Referred to the House Veterans Affairs Committee.
H.R. 1217 Lessen the impact of the Government Pension Offset on federal retirees. Referred to the House Ways and Means Committee.
H.R. 1228 Extend law enforcement retirement benefits to IRS collectors, customs inspectors and others. Referred to the House Government Reform Committee.
S. 4 Give military personnel a 4.8 percent raise in 2000, allow military members TSP participation, change military retirement rules. Passed by the Senate.
S. 57 Make long-term care group insurance available to federal employees. Referred to the Senate Governmental Affairs International Security Subcommittee.
S. 650 Amend the Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970 to provide for coverage under that act of employees of the federal government. Introduced March 17.
S. 717 Lessen the impact of the Government Pension Offset on federal retirees. Referred to the Senate Finance Committee.
S. 718 Extend law enforcement retirement benefits to IRS collectors, customs inspectors and others. Referred to the Senate Governmental Affairs Committee.
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