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Senate Proceeding on Jun 4th, 2009 :: 1:14:10 to 1:19:25
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Joseph Lieberman

1:14:10 to 1:14:31( Edit History Discussion )

Joseph Lieberman: of 2009. these are our colleagues from alaska and hawaii and it has unique relevance there. the legislation would bring federal employees in hawaii and alaska and other nonforeign u.s. territories in line with federal employees in the lower 48 states, as we call them, with

Joseph Lieberman

1:14:10 to 1:19:25( Edit History Discussion )
Speech By: Joseph Lieberman

Joseph Lieberman

1:14:32 to 1:14:53( Edit History Discussion )

Joseph Lieberman: regard to pay and pension. federa employees in the lower 48 receive low klt pay wh nonforeign areas receive a nonforeign cost of living allowance which is neither taxed

Joseph Lieberman

1:14:54 to 1:15:15( Edit History Discussion )

Joseph Lieberman: nor counte toward$ pensions. now, this puts the federal workers in places like hawaii and alaska at a substantial retirement. so to correct this situation, this legislation would remove federal employees in the nonforeign

Joseph Lieberman

1:15:16 to 1:15:39( Edit History Discussion )

Joseph Lieberman: hawaii, et cetera -- from the nonforeign cola system t locality pay that is both taxed and would count toward pensions. we have also included in this amendment a bill, s. 629, introduced by senator collins and cosponsored by senators voinovich, kohl and mikulski

Joseph Lieberman

1:15:40 to 1:16:00( Edit History Discussion )

Joseph Lieberman: called "rt-time reemployment of annuity act," somewhat relevant to something i talked of earlier and authorizes federal agencies to retired federal employees under certain limited conditions without offset of annuity against salary. in other words, we've got some

Joseph Lieberman

1:16:01 to 1:16:22( Edit History Discussion )

Joseph Lieberman: retired employees out there who after a long period of service have built up specialized skills that we need and we will more and more in the years ahead as a generation retires from federal service. yet now there's an economi

Joseph Lieberman

1:16:23 to 1:16:45( Edit History Discussion )

Joseph Lieberman: disincentive for those retired employees to come back part-time or for limited periods of time to serve the american people. under present annuitants who return to work have the amoun of their pension offset against their salary. congress has enacted certain limited exceptions to this

Joseph Lieberman

1:16:46 to 1:17:07( Edit History Discussion )

Joseph Lieberman: general rule and our amendment would grant all power to hire annuitants at full salary while maintaining their full retirement benefit if certain conditions are met. the bill includes seral limits to ensure that this authority is used for the intended purpose

Joseph Lieberman

1:17:08 to 1:17:31( Edit History Discussion )

Joseph Lieberman: which is to fl particular staffing gaps and needs and used to frustrate the desire of a new generation of federal workers to come in. reemployed individual may not work more than a maximum of 520 hours, 65 days in the first six months after retirement or more than 1,040 hours in any 12-month

Joseph Lieberman

1:17:32 to 1:17:54( Edit History Discussion )

Joseph Lieberman: period or exceed a days for any one individual for the entirety of their reti madam president, each of these proposals that are part of amendment treat our federal employees fairly. as i inequities, in some cases oversights.

Joseph Lieberman

1:17:55 to 1:18:15( Edit History Discussion )

Joseph Lieberman: the fact is that in many countries of the word, developed countries particularly, one of the most respected professions, lines of work you can go into, is civil service, what we call the civil we're not there where we should be in this country. these are the people who really

Joseph Lieberman

1:18:16 to 1:18:36( Edit History Discussion )

Joseph Lieberman: make the federal government work. we should treat them fairly and in this unique circumstance when we were taking some more out as a result in the change in the federa offset the loss of excise taxes on tobacco, there is some money

Joseph Lieberman

1:18:37 to 1:18:59( Edit History Discussion )

Joseph Lieberman: left over which we can use to correct these inequities on federal employees now and it is why i'm so pleased this is a bipartisan amendment. i hope when it comes to a vote it will receive bipartisan support. madam president, i skipped over some parts of my statement in

Joseph Lieberman

1:19:00 to 1:19:20( Edit History Discussion )

Joseph Lieberman: the interest of allowing senator aka to unanimous consent the of my statement be printed in the record, as if read. the presiding officer: without objection, so ordered. lobby lebanese i thank lieberman: i thank the chair. senator aka has been a wonderful, productive contributing member of the

Joseph Lieberman

1:19:21 to 1:19:25( Edit History Discussion )

Joseph Lieberman: committee and a great advocate for the most progressive

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