Republicans revive 19th century rule allowing them to cut federal workers’ pay to $1

There way of killing programs without having the votes to do so… Anyone that works for the government should unionize now.. Public school teachers mailmen ect… Because your the people they will go after.. The US postal service makes the government money and acts as an business ran by he government which contradicts everything they stand for. Don’t think for a second they will not try and attack you first and most want to defend public education and give that money to private schools that teach religion instead, a good way to do that is to drop teacher salary to a few dollars until no one will take the jobs. This is not just wrong its a form of terrorism and you know dame well they will use this to gain power and will not cut there own salary in the process.

Federal workers can now feasibly be paid as little as $1 a year, after a surprise move by House Republicans.

In a procedural move Thursday, the House’s Republican caucus revived an arcane procedure known as the “Holman Rule,” first introduced in 1876, that allows for the targeting of specific federal workers or programs.

According to UU under the guise of cutting spending, Congress can lower a worker’s pay or a program’s budget to just $1. However, the rule is unlikely to actually be invoked against any federal employee during the current Congress, as it requires a majority in both the House and Senate to take effect. Any use of the rule would have to be done through an amendment to an appropriations bill

National Treasury Employees Union legislative director Maureen Gilman told the Washington Post that the revival of the Holman Rule was “part of a very chilling theme that federal workers are seeing right now.” Gilman’s union represents roughly 150,000 federal workers.

However, House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-California) told the Post he’s excited about the rule’s resurrection, saying it represents the radical new direction America will be taking under the Trump administration.

“[The Holman Rule] allows people to get at places they hadn’t before,” McCarthy said. “[A]ll agencies should be held accountable and tested in a manner and this is an avenue to allow them to do it.”

House Minority Whip Steny Hoyer (D-Maryland) said the 140-year-old rule is meant to frame ordinary working people for the failings of the incoming Republican administration.

“Republicans have consistently made our hard-working federal employees scapegoats, in my opinion, for lack of performance of the federal government itself,” Hoyer told the Post. “And this rule change will allow them to make shortsighted and ideologically driven changes to our civil service.”

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