July 9, 2009 – Williams Institute Research Director Lee Badgett testified before the Subcommittee on Federal Workforce, Postal Service, and the District of Columbia, on HR 2517: Domestic Partnership Benefits and Obligation Act of 2009. A recent study by the Williams Institute found that offering health and other benefits to the same-sex partners of federal employees would add a relatively small and quite manageable amount, $41 million, to the federal budget in the first year of coverage. Over ten years the study predicts the budgetary cost to be $675 million, a small percentage of the federal budget.
“The federal government now competes with many large and prominent employers who already offer domestic partner benefits to the same-sex partners of lesbian, gay, and bisexual (LGB) employees,” stated Badgett, “research by myself and other scholars support my conclusion that the federal government can adopt and implement this new policy easily and affordably.”
A video recording of the hearing will be available on the subcommittee website. Click here to visit.