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Congressional Budget Deal Could Cut Federal Worker Benefits

Democrats in the region are lining up against any budget deal that cuts into federal worker benefits.

The clock is winding down for lawmakers to reach a budget agreement. The deal to get the federal government up and running after the shutdown set this Friday as the deadline for the two sides to lay out a budget blueprint.

Reports are coming out that negotiators may once again be honing in on the benefits enjoyed by federal workers, this time retirement benefits. Northern Virginia Democrat Gerry Connolly and a handful of other lawmakers in the region are opposed to any deal that cuts federal worker's pay or benefits.

"Their wages have been frozen, they've been furloughed because of sequestration, they were furloughed because of 16 days of shutdown, they are pilloried for the quality of the work they do, for who they are, for the career path they've chosen. It is a disparagement that is not worthy of the United States Congress," he says.

Lawmakers in the region say proposals to trim retirement benefits are unacceptable because the federal workforce has already contributed more than $90 billion in budget savings. But Republicans argue the government could save $20 billion dollars if federal workers contributed more to their retirement packages.

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