Statement on Signing the Treasury, Postal Service and General Government Appropriations Act, 1989
I have today signed H.R. 4775, the Treasury, Postal Service, and General Government Appropriations Act for Fiscal Year 1989. This Act funds the Treasury Department, the United States Postal Service, the Executive Office of the President, the General Services Administration, and other agencies for the coming fiscal year.
The Treasury-Postal bill is the fourth Fiscal Year 1989 appropriations bill to be enacted into law. It provides funds at levels similar to those I proposed in my Fiscal Year 1989 budget. The Congress completed action on this bill on time and within budget and generally preserved our priorities. I urge the Congress to do the same with the remaining appropriations bills before the new fiscal year begins on October 1.
The Act also provides a well-deserved 4.1 percent pay raise for most Federal civilian and military personnel. To ensure that the Federal pay increase is consistent with reduction of the Federal deficit, I urge the Congress to continue to provide in the appropriations bills that departmental and agency budgets must absorb the cost of the pay raise.
must, however, note my objections to section 619 of H.R. 4775, which purports
to forbid the implementation or enforcement of certain agreements between the
United States Government and its employees. This provision raises profound
constitutional concerns. Indeed, a provision in last year's omnibus continuing
resolution (Public Law 100 - 202) identical to section 619 was recently declared
unconstitutional by the United States District Court for the
President of the
The White House,
Note: H.R. 4775, approved September 22, was assigned Public Law No. 100 - 440. The statement was released by the Office of the Press Secretary on September 23.