Victoria man advocates for federal employees

Kathryn Cargo By Kathryn Cargo

June 11, 2017 at 9:54 p.m.
Updated June 12, 2017 at 6 a.m.

From left, Collin Kennedy, field representative for Congressman Blake Farenthold, and Ron Wideman,  congressional District 27 liaison for the National Active and Retired Federal Employees Association, meet to discuss resolutions in Congress.

From left, Collin Kennedy, field representative for Congressman Blake Farenthold, and Ron Wideman, congressional District 27 liaison for the National Active and Retired Federal Employees Association, meet to discuss resolutions in Congress.   Contributed by Ron WIdeman for The Victoria Advocate

In fall 2016, federal employees had to start paying 20 percent more for their health insurance but received no additional benefits, said a Victoria member of the National Active and Retired Federal Employees Association.

Ron Wideman, 74, organization congressional District 27 liaison, met with Collin Kennedy, field representative for Congressman Blake Farenthold, on June 2 to encourage the congressman to support resolutions that support active and retired federal employee salaries and benefits.

These House Resolutions are being considered in the House Government Oversight Committee, of which Farenthold is a member.

Some members of Congress and the House of Representatives do not support federal employees, Wideman said.

"(We're concerned because of) the cost that it's costing us and not receiving more benefits, and Congress is using federal employees as a tool to balance the budget," said the retired federal investigator of 24 years.

Although the meeting with Kennedy went well, Wideman said Farenthold has not been a good advocate for federal employees. Farenthold represents the Texas 27th district, which has more than 6,000 federal employees, Wideman said.

"His voting record is not that great for federal employees," he said.

The resolutions address issues regarding federal employee salaries and benefits.


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