It didn’t garner many — if any — headlines yesterday, but Congress reaffirmed its commitment to paying federal union organizers with tax dollars. That’s right, you pay taxes to federal workers, so they can bargain for more tax dollars for federal workers.
The bill was H.R. 3251 — The Federal Employee Accountability Act of 2009, introduced by Rep. Phil Gingrey, R-Ga. It was the weekly winner on YouCut, Republican Whip Eric Cantor’s website where the public votes on different legislative ideas to cut government spending.
The bill would have essentially struck two sections of the Civil Service Reform Act of 1978 which currently allows federal employees to be paid for union activity during normal work hours. The bill would have saved $1.2 billion over ten years.
It failed by a vote of 243-182, with nine Democrats and 173 Republicans voting for it.