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House Adopts Rule That Allows Amendments to Reduce Federal Workforce, Salaries

While it's a minor battle, the House adopted a rules package Tuesday that temporarily brings back a little-known provision that allows Members to introduce amendments to appropriations bills to reduce the size of a federal agency's workforce or adjust salary levels for an agency's employees.

01/04/2017
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FreedomWorks Praises Adoption of the “Holman Rule” by the House of Representatives

FreedomWorks today praised the inclusion of the “Holman Rule” in the rules package that passed the House of Representatives Tuesday by a vote of 234 to 193. The provision, which is effective only for the first session of the 115th Congress, allows Members to introduce amendments to appropriations bills on the floor of the lower chamber to reduce the size of a federal agency’s workforce or adjust compensation for certain federal employees, who, according to a 2015 study by the Cato Institute, earn an average of 78 percent more than workers in the private sector.

01/04/2017