Obama's last minute hiring of federal workers could be in jeopardy
The top Democrat on the House Rules Committee is hopping mad that Republicans revived a 19th-century rule allowing lawmakers to essentially fire individual civil servants and eliminate entire federal programs when they approved the rules package governing the 115th Congress on a party-line vote earlier this month.Trump has said he would like to cut the federal workforce and Obama's new hires of former White House employees who could not find real jobs would be a good place to start.
New York Rep. Louise Slaughter said inclusion of the Holman Rule, first approved in 1876, in the package is a way for Republicans to punish federal workers for implementing laws with which they don't agree.
Under the Holman Rule, members of Congress can tack amendments onto appropriation bills that would cut the number of federal workers in a particular agency, slash a worker's salary to as little as $1, or eliminate an entire program.
"Reinstating this rule represents yet another effort by the Republican majority to scapegoat federal employees, make cuts to the federal workforce, and politicize the civil service system that was established to professionalize agencies and offices," Slaughter said on the House floor Jan. 3.