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FLEOA Opposes Bill That Would Create a High-5 Pen

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

March 6, 2015

 
FLEOA DENOUNCES CONGRESSMAN WESTERMAN'S BILL AS UN‐AMERICAN

Washington, DC – Today, the Federal Law Enforcement Officers Association
(FLEOA) released its response denouncing Congressman Westerman's bill that
would change a federal law enforcement officer's pension to a "high‐five" year
calculation. Currently, the pension is calculated on the average of an
employee's highest three salary years.

"Congressman Westerman's unwarranted attack on the pay of federal law
enforcement officers is nothing more than a pathetic prescribed placebo
intended to solve economic problems we didn't create," declared FLEOA
President Jon Adler. "How can the Congressman look the Border Patrol Agents
in his state in the eye, and explain to them that he is honoring their dedication
and sacrifice by reducing their pension? How does he do the same with agents
from the FBI, ICE, USMS, DEA, USSS and others from 65 different federal
agencies," asked Adler.

After releasing his bill, Congressman Westerman issued the following
statement: "The bill ensures that the program employees of the federal
government have paid into for their careers is available in retirement and
sustainable for future generations.”

FLEOA maintains if Congress does its job and does not over‐extend taxpayer
dollars in foreign aid, then there should be no concern regarding pay for future
generations of federal law enforcement officers. According to Adler, "How can
Congressman Westerman tacitly support the billions of American taxpayer
dollars being squandered on rebel groups that ultimately turn on us, and then
justify attacking the pay of the brave men and women who protect our
homeland," asked Adler. "It is both un‐American and a declaration of skewed
priorities for any elected official to seek to remedy Congress' spending problem
by attacking federal officers' pay," asserted Adler.

The Federal Law Enforcement Officers Association respectfully asks that all
patriotic members of Congress join together in denouncing this ill‐advised
legislation.