Lawmakers can cut individual fed’s pay under new rule

House Republicans this week voted to reinstate an old procedural rule from the 19th century that allows House members to propose amendments that  reduce the pay of specific federal employees and also eliminate entire positions and federal programs.

The Holman Rule—named after  former Indiana Rep. William Holman— was put on the books in 1876, but stripped down by 1885. Though it had a presence in history, for most of the last-century-and-a-half, individual members have not had the power to control specific federal jobs funded through appropriations bills.

The reinstatement of the rule was attached to an unrelated financial services and health policy bill, and some members of Congress are speaking out against the action.

“This archaic tool, also known as the Armageddon Rule, is nothing more than a backdoor way for Republicans to dismantle the federal workforce and carry out political vendettas at the expense of career civil servants,” and “was snuck into legislation,” Rep. Gerry Connolly (D-Va.) said in a statement.

Connolly, who represents a federal employee-heavy district, also called the renewal a “cynical and dangerous attack on federal workers.” 

Rep. Morgan Griffith (R-Va.), a member of the conservative House Freedom Caucus, revived the rule, contending that lawmakers need a tool to make more targeted spending reductions or eliminate positions they deem unnecessary.

In one of his newsletters, where he touted his original proposal to reinstate the rule, he says reinstating Holman will “enhance the House’s ability to exercise its ‘power of the purse’.”

 

Reader comments

Tue, Apr 17, 2018 Jenanne Michigan

WORTH REPEATING!!! Wed, Apr 11,2018 How about we go back to the way the ORIGINAL government was supposed to be, Anyone serving in the government did so without any additional pay. They worked their fields and farms and ran their business in addition to doing their government duties. They were given a "travel allowance" to supplement their cost to ride horseback, stage or train when going to Wash. for government duties They also ACTUALLY considered the outcomes of their decisions when making them and ONLY allowed them if the PEOPLE voted for it and it benefited the majority, not just the wealthy or indigent. We need to get back to governmental basics! Get rid of Parties and stop aggrandizing the facts or propagandizing the stories that "THEY" want us to believe. "WE the People" are tired of being pushed around!

Wed, Apr 11, 2018

How about we go back to the way the ORIGINAL government was supposed to be - Anyone serving in the government did so without any additional pay. They worked their fields and farms and ran their business in addition to doing their government duties. They were given a a "travel allowance" to supplement their cost to ride horseback, stage or train when going to Washington for government duties. They also ACTUALLY considered the outcomes of their decisions when making them and ONLY allowed them if the PEOPLE voted for it and it benefited the majority, not just the wealthy or indigent. We need to get back to governmental basics! Get rid of Parties and stop aggrandizing the facts or propagandizing the stories that "THEY" want us to believe. "WE the People" are tired of being pushed around!

Mon, Apr 2, 2018

Congress, senate, political appointees and many managers need their salaries reduced by 80% since they do little good for the American people. They lie and cheat and think they are above the standards of the law. In November, I hope the American people do not make the same mistake by voting in incumbents since they are the cause of the problem.

Fri, Mar 30, 2018

There are easier ways to cut spending to the Federal Government, but Republicans don't want to hear it: - Congress and Senate abide by the same rules as all Federal employees (WORK 40 hrs per week, EARN sick/annual leave, HOLIDAYS are ONLY taken when Federal employees take them, and equal the pay (some of them make MORE than a GS15!).); - Revamp the acquisition laws (Contractor CEOs make millions compared to the contractor employee and the employees are DOING the work); - JUSTIFY ALL TRAVEL just like federal employees are required to; - REQUIRE all Senators/Congressmen&women to vote IAW to the majority of the people who PUT them in office. (Rep. Morgan Griffith is from Virginia, one of the largest employers of Federal employees and I know we DON'T approve this from him! Vote him out!)

Thu, Mar 29, 2018

If salaries are lowered and there are mass furloughs what do the suppose will happen to the economy. The housing industry will collapse people will stop having children the morale of this country will go to hell. How do we continue to take care of our seniors and the less fortunate through taxation? How do the republican think marching is backwards in time will make anything better. What exactly are they trying to do, kill us all with these horrific destructive laws, it insanity.

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