High Stakes for Federal Employees this Election Day; Know the Voting Records Before You Cast Your Ballot


Tomorrow is Election Day! Do not forget to vote!

Every presidential election season in the United States comes with a great deal of excitement because the American people get to choose their leaders to serve in Congress, the White House, state governorships, and in numerous other state and local elected positions.

Casting a vote not only defines our nation’s great representative democracy, but it is also an opportunity for the voting public to hold their elected officials accountable. It is important for all Americans to hold their elected officials accountable, but it is particularly important for federal employees because so many decisions made by Congress and the President of the United States impact federal workers’ pay, retirement security, job security, healthcare, and workplace rights. Nobody has more at stake on Election Day than federal employees.

This Election Day is no exception. Tomorrow, November 8, 2016, 34 of the total 100 seats in the U.S. Senate are being contested. The winners of these Senate races will be elected to serve six-year terms. In addition, all 435 seats in the U.S. House of Representatives are being contested. Terms in the House are for two years.

Which candidates get elected will have major consequences for federal employees. If a majority in the House and Senate support federal employees and working families, we can expect to spend the next few years finding ways to make lives for federal workers, their families, and communities better. We will be pushing for better annual pay adjustments, more secure retirement, stronger workplace protections, and more secure jobs at federal facilities across the country.

On the other hand, if we elect a Congress that is hostile to federal employees and working families (like the current Congress), we can expect federal workers’ pay, benefits, jobs, and workplace rights to be under constant attack.

Before you cast your vote tomorrow, take a minute to familiarize yourself with how members of Congress in your area have voted on issues important to federal employees and working families. Who you vote for is your decision, but it is best to know a candidates voting record before casting a ballot.

Visit this page for voting scorecards for all members of Congress, both House and Senate, dating back to the year 2000.(Click Here!), “Brothers and sisters, Election Day is upon us. Now is the time to make our voices heard and support the candidates that support us,” said NFFE National President William R. Dougan. “We will not tell you how to vote, put please educate yourself on these voting records and make an informed decision before you cast a ballot. Let’s elect leaders that respect federal employees and working families.”