WHOA, Congress Just Passed Rule Allowing Them To SLASH Salaries Of Corrupt Gov Workers
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The ripple effect of the new Trump administration is starting to be felt everywhere in Washington and that thankfully is starting to include Congress. The House GOP just made a move that would change the procedural rules and allow them to slash an entrenched bureaucrat’s salary down to as low as $1!
As most of us know, getting rid of any government worker is all but near impossible no matter how corrupt or how poorly they do their jobs. Well the GOP in Congress have come up with a solution that they can control which are America’s purse strings of how and where money is spent in government.
According to a story in The Washington Post:
House Republicans this week reinstated an arcane procedural rule that enables lawmakers to reach deep into the budget and slash the pay of an individual federal worker — down to $1 — a move that threatens to upend the 130-year-old civil service.
The Holman Rule, named after an Indiana congressman who devised it in 1876, empowers any member of Congress to propose amending an appropriations bill to single out a government employee or cut a specific program.
The use of the rule would not be simple; a majority of the House and the Senate would still have to approve any such amendment. At the same time, opponents and supporters agree that the work of 2.1 million civil servants, designed to be insulated from politics, is now vulnerable to the whims of elected officials.
The revival of the Holman Rule was the brainchild of Rep. H. Morgan Griffith (R-Va.), who is intent on increasing the powers of individual members of Congress to reassign workers as policy demands.
He favors a strategic application, likening it to a bullet from a sniper rifle rather than a shotgun. It’s unlikely — but not impossible — that members will “go crazy” and cut huge swaths of the workforce, he said.
House Minority Whip Steny H. Hoyer (D-Md.) said Tuesday, Jan.3, he is “deeply concerned by a number of controversial provisions” included by the majority in the rules for the 115th Congress. He said the revival the Holman Rule, “undermines civil service protection.” (C-Span)
“I can’t tell you it won’t happen,” he said in an interview Wednesday in his office. “The power is there. But isn’t that appropriate? Who runs this country, the people of the United States or the people on the people’s payroll?”
Democrats and federal employee unions say the provision, which one called the “Armageddon Rule,” could prove alarming to the federal workforce because it comes in combination with President-elect Donald Trump’s criticism of the Washington bureaucracy, his call for a freeze on government hiring and his nomination of Cabinet secretaries who in some cases seem to be at odds with the mission of the agencies they would lead.
“This is part of a very chilling theme that federal workers are seeing right now,” said Maureen Gilman, legislative director for the National Treasury Employees Union, which represents 150,000 federal employees.
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