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DP Benefits for Federal Employes Advance to Senate

Jim Burroway

December 16th, 2009

The Senate’s Homeland Scurity and Governmental Affairs Committee today approved a domestic partnerships bill for federal employees by a vote of 8-1. The lone vote against the bill was Sen. Robert Bennett (R-UT). Committe Chairman Joe Lieberman (I-CT) and Susan Collins (R-ME) criticized the U.S. Office of Personel Management for failing to provide information on how to offset the cost of the estimated $63 million a year program. The committee decided to go forward, noting that the price tag for DP benefits was dwarfed by the $277 billion the government spends on the federal workforce each year. That means that DP benefits will make up about 0.02% of the federal outlays in wages and benefits.

The bill now goes to the full Senate. The House has also received a similar bill from the Oversight and Government Relations Committee last month. Nether chamber has scheduled a vote.

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Cassandra
December 17th, 2009 | LINK

Did these folks ask how to offset the cost of providing benefits for married spouses of federal employeees, when that program was originally instituted?

If not, then they’ve no ethical legs to stand on, as the numbers of fed. employees in domestic partnerships claiming benefits is surely dwarfed by the larger numbers of fed. employees in marriages claiming benefits.

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