GOP House Revives 140-Year-Old Rule That Has Swamp-Dwelling Bureaucrats Sweating Bullets
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President Donald Trump has promised repeatedly to “drain the swamp” in Washington and — if we were to follow the metaphor — the Republican-controlled Congress will likely act as the pump.
Reported by Western Journalism:
While Trump has been busy laying the groundwork for clearing away the political muck, banning lobbyists from serving in his administration and pushing for an amendment to introduce term limits to Congress, among other measures, the men and women of the House and Senate will eventually do the heavily lifting.
Now, the House of Representatives may be making the biggest move yet in that direction, thanks to the revival of a 140-year-old rule.
For those of you who may have forgotten in the age of executive orders and actions, changes in federal law are supposed to originate in Congress, making the legislative branch the key to ending Washington’s toxic culture.
Now, according to The Washington Post, the GOP-controlled House has used the first week of the new Congress to reinstate the Holman Rule, an 1876 provision that can use an amendment to an appropriations bill to reduce the salary of an individual government employee to $1.
The rule would let lawmakers target civil servants who abuse their posts but still have union protections. The rule could, for instance, have been used on former Internal Revenue Service official Lois Lerner, locus of the IRS’ intimidation scandal.