First attempts of 'Holman Rule' unsuccessful
- By FederalSoup Staff
- Jul 27, 2017
Lawmakers have made their first use of the “Holman Rule,” which enables them to reduce the number of federal workers at specific agencies or cut their salaries as a provision of or an amendment to an appropriations bill, Government Executive reports.
House Republicans had targeted 89 Congressional Budget Office through an amendment that failed July 26, and another lawmaker introduced two more amendments that targeted specific employees at State and Defense departments, which were approved in committee but never went for a vote on the floor, the article notes.
The article also notes that lawmakers introduced other amendments aimed at stripping the salaries of those working full time on official time or anyone not subject to at-will employment—roughly the entire civil service—but those provisions did not make it past committee.