Kilmer Defends Federal Workers

Congressman Derek Kilmer defended federal workers against a new House rule that would allow members to add amendments to spending bills to cut federal jobs or lower their pay.

According to the Washington Post, House Republicans reinstated an arcane procedural rule that enables lawmakers to cut the pay of an individual federal worker — down to a $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 offer an amendment to an appropriations bill that targets a specific government employee or program. A majority of the House and the Senate would still have to approve any such amendment.

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