House committee passes MERIT Act, ALG urges full House passage

July 17, 2018, Fairfax, Va.—Americans for Limited Government President Rick Manning today issued the following statement praising the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee for passing the MERIT Act, and urged the full House to act on the legislation immediately:

“Now is the time for House Republicans to come together on this common-sense reform, making it easier to fire federal employees, legislation that Congress has already passed for the Department of Veterans Affairs with significant bipartisan support. Right now, it can take years to fire federal workers who are either non-performing or engaged in misconduct, as only 0.5 percent of federal employees are fired with cause. The MERIT Act addresses this inefficiency and gives more power to the heads of departments and agencies to ensure that the government is doing its job on behalf of the American people.”


“Job Security: Federal civil service employees have a 99.5 percent chance of never being fired,” By Natalia Castro, May 14, 2018 at

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