ALG urges Senators to cosponsor the MERIT Act introduced by Sen. David Perdue to #FireTheSwamp

July 12, 2018, Fairfax, Va.—Americans for Limited Government President Rick Manning today urged members of the U.S. Senate to cosponsor legislation by Sen. David Perdue (R-Ga.), the MERIT Act, that would expedite the firing of non-performing federal employees:

“We urge every member of the Senate to cosponsor and support the MERIT Act to expedite the firing of federal employees while limiting appeals to 30 days. This will make it easier for department and agency heads to remove those employees who are either simply not performing or who have engaged in misconduct. It can take years to remove a federal employee under the existing system. This antiquated approach to management, once implemented to prevent political corruption of the civil service, has instead led to an unhealthy protection of bad behavior.

“Particularly at the Justice Department, the American people are mystified that those who have abused their power can still possibly have their jobs. Similar problems at the Department of Veterans Affairs have already been addressed via legislation, and we know it’s working, so the same process should be spread across all departments and agencies via the MERIT Act to hold all federal employees accountable for their actions.

“In order to drain the swamp, we have to be able to fire the swamp, and that’s exactly what Sen. David Perdue’s legislation does. We thank Sen. Perdue for taking on this important piece of legislation.”


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