Thursday, January 5, 2017
File this under incredibly disturbing. WaPo reports that House Republicans recently reinstated the 1876 "Holman rule," enabling ANY Congressman to propose slashing the pay of ANY individual federal worker to $1. All it requires is an amendment to an appropriations bill.
Here's the punchline from WaPo:
A majority of the House and the Senate would still have to approve any such amendment but opponents and supporters agree it puts agencies and the public on notice that their work is now vulnerable to the whims of elected officials.
Someone has called it the "Armageddon rule." Hot damn. I am seriously concerned for students, friends, and colleagues in federal service.