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  House Republicans revive obscure rule that could allow them to slash the pay of individual federal workers to $1
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Last EditedRP  Jan 05, 2017 10:09am
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CategoryRule Change
AuthorJenna Portnoy and Lisa Rein
News DateThursday, January 5, 2017 03:00:00 PM UTC0:0
DescriptionHouse Republicans this week reinstated an arcane procedural rule that enables lawmakers to reach deep into the budget and slash 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, but opponents and supporters agree that it puts agencies and the public on notice that their work is now vulnerable to the whims of elected officials.
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