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President Warns He Will Veto House Bill That Makes It Easier To Fire VA Employees Engaged In Misconduct PDF Print E-mail
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By Administrator   
Friday, 31 July 2015 05:43

RALEIGH, (SGRToday.com) - The U.S House vote in favor of the VA Accountability Act of 2015 was overwhelming this week -- 256 to 170 -- but President Obama is threatening to veto the legislation that makes it easier to fire or demote Veterans Affairs Department employees for misconduct or poor performance.

Federal News Radio reports the legislation would allow for the reduction of grade or pay rate. An employee could appeal a firing or demotion.

"While VA supports authority permitting efficient removal of employees who have
engaged in misconduct, this bill will have unintended consequences," said a statement from the Obama administration. "It would make conditions of employment in VA significantly less attractive than in other Federal agencies or in the private sector, and as a result, would discourage outstanding VA employees from remaining in VA and dramatically impair VA’s ability to recruit top talent, including veterans."

The full statement can be found at  https://www.whitehouse.gov/sites/default/files/omb/legislative/sap/114/saphr1994r_20150728.pdf.

The full bill can be found at https://www.congress.gov/bill/114th-congress/house-bill/1994

U.S. House of Representatives Public Hearing Schedule For Thursday, July 30, 2015 PDF Print E-mail
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By Administrator   
Thursday, 30 July 2015 05:33

RALEIGH, (SGRToday.com) - Following is the public hearing schedule for the U.S. House of Representatives for Thursday, July 30, 2015.

8:30 am
Hearing: Examination of Federal and State Response to Avian Influenza
Committee on Agriculture: Subcommittee on Livestock and Foreign Agriculture

9:00 am     
Hearing: Full Committee Hearing "Violence on the Border: Keeping U.S. Personnel Safe

7th District Congressman David Rouzer: REINS Act Would Re-Assert Congressional Oversight Authority PDF Print E-mail
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By Administrator   
Wednesday, 29 July 2015 05:47

RALEIGH, (SGRToday.com) - Congressman David Rouzer (NC-7) released the following statement after the U.S. House of Representatives passed the Regulations from the Executive in Need of Scrutiny (REINS) Act.


“Our Founding Fathers understood that it is dangerous for any branch of government to have unchecked power.  The REINS Act would require executive agencies to submit every new major rule to Congress for final approval.  This would re-assert Congress’s oversight authority as established in the Constitution."

Known as H.R. 427, the bill passed by a vote of 243 to 165.

Under the REINS Act, Congress would have 70 legislative days to approve a major rule with economic impact over $100 million.

Powerful House Committee Chairman Urges President To Fire IRS Commissioner PDF Print E-mail
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By Administrator   
Tuesday, 28 July 2015 07:33

RALEIGH, (SGRToday.com) - Rep. Jason Chaffetz (R-Utah) is urging President Obama to fire IRS Commissioner John Koskinen.

The head of the House Oversight Committee put his views in a letter to the president.

“His obstruction takes the form of failure to comply with a congressional subpoena, failure to testify truthfully and failure to preserve and produce up to 24,000 emails relevant to the investigation.”

Read the entire story at federalnewsradio.com.


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