The House budget proposal approved Thursday includes requiring federal employees to split the cost of their pension contributions, but the partisan vote to approve it makes prospects dim that the Senate will approve when it returns April 16 from a two-week recess.
The plan shepherded by House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan, R-Wis., was approved by a 228-191 vote. The Senate will not consider a separate budget proposal, but instead will work with spending limits set by last year's Budget Control Act.
“It is fundamentally wrong for federal employees to be required, yet again, to be the automated teller machine for the nation,” John Gage, president of the 625,000-member American Federation of Government Employees, said in a statement.
Separately, a highway funding bill that includes letting corporate pension plans use higher interest rates for their funding calculations also remains in limbo. House and Senate negotiators failed to agree on the bill before the recess, and the House voted instead to extend highway funding temporarily until June 30.