ATR, CWF Support the MERIT Act
Today, Senator David Perdue (R-GA) and Congressman Barry Loudermilk (R-GA) reintroduced the Modern Employment Reform, Improvement and Transformation (MERIT) Act in the Senate and House. They were joined by Senators Marsha Blackburn (R-TN), Mike Braun (R-IN), Tom Cotton (R-AR), Chuck Grassley (R-IA) and Roger Wicker (R-MS).
Americans for Tax Reform (ATR) and the Center for Worker Freedom (CWF) strongly support the MERIT Act and urge members of Congress to pass the bill.
Grover Norquist, president of Americans for Tax Reform, explained his support for the bill last year:
“Americans for Tax Reform strongly supports the MERIT Act because U.S. taxpayers should only pay for competent, law-abiding federal employees. The MERIT Act strengthens the federal workforce and ensures taxpayer money is spent wisely.”
ATR and CWF support the bill for several reasons. First, the MERIT Act would strengthen the federal workforce.
For example, the bill shortens the time that the federal government is required to wait to fire a poor performing employee. The MERIT Act also allows agencies to fire senior executives for performance reasons. Currently, agencies are only allowed to demote poor performing senior executives.
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David Perdue Proposes Holding Federal Employees To Account
Sean Moran, Breitbart
Sen. David Perdue (R-GA) proposed legislation Wednesday that would cut government waste and ensure accountability for government workers who fail to uphold their duty to serve the American people.
Sen. Perdue, along with Sens. Marsha Blackburn (R-TN), Mike Braun (R-IN), Tom Cotton (R-AR), Chuck Grassley (R-IA), and Roger Wicker (R-MS) reintroduced the Modern Employment, Improvement and Transformation (MERIT) Act, which would modernize the federal civil service system by expediting the dismissal of federal employees who fail to meet performance standard. Rep. Barry Loudermilk (R-GA) introduced the House companion legislation on Wednesday.
The Georgia conservatives’ legislation arises as President Donald Trump announced his 2020 presidential campaign Tuesday, pledging to continue ridding Washington, DC of corruption and grift.
“It’s going to take at least four more years to drain that swamp,” Trump said during his campaign rally in Orlando, Florida.
Sen. Perdue’s legislation would serve as another avenue through which President Trump could further drain “drain the swamp” by firing employees who fail to meet performance standards.
Perdue said in a statement federal employees should be held to the same standard as every other American, suggesting that with over $22 trillion in debt, we cannot afford workers who cannot serve the American people.
Sen. Perdue charged:
Government employees should be held to the same standards as private sector employees, yet it is nearly impossible to fire bureaucrats for failing to do their jobs. Right now, it can take more than a year to fire or replace a civil service employee, even for poor performance or misconduct. With a $22 trillion debt crisis, we cannot afford to hold onto bureaucrats who aren’t doing their jobs. Since President Trump took office, more than 4,300 bad actors have been fired, demoted, or suspended at the VA. It’s time to expand those efforts and address problems across the entire federal government.
Perdue’s legislation follows as a Gallup poll found in January that only 35 percent of Americans either say they have a great or fair amount of trust in the American government.