Legislation Introduced to Nullify Schedule F Executive Order

October 27, 2020 12:22 PM , Updated October 28, 2020 1:11 PM
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Legislation has been introduced this week that would nullify President Trump’s recent Executive Order creating a new class of federal employees. It was introduced by Congressman Gerry Connolly (D-VA).

In a press release issued by Congressmen Gerry Connolly (D-VA), Carolyn Maloney (D-NY) and Steny Hoyer (D-MD), the lawmakers said that the Executive Order “would remove important civil service protections and make it easier for the Administration to unfairly retaliate against federal employees.”

The legislation (H.R. 8687) as written is pretty straightforward; it says that the Executive Order would be nullified and would take effect if enacted on October 21, 2020 (the date the Order was issued).

In a statement, Connolly said the Executive Order was “based on nothing” and should be rescinded: “Congress must stand up to this midnight attack on civil service protections. This Executive Order is based on nothing – no data, no evidence of a problem, and no consultation with stakeholders, including Congress. It is a last ditch attempt by the Trump administration to make it easier to remove federal employees who they deem aren’t ‘loyal enough’ to the President and return us to a patronage politics. The Saving the Civil Service Act would reverse this ill-advised, unstudied, and detrimental proposal.”

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