HOYER ON SENATE DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE PERSONNEL SYSTEM BILL

For Immediate Release:

June 17, 2003

Contact:Stacey Farnen
202-225-3130

WASHINGTON – House Democratic Whip Steny Hoyer, a leader in the House of Representatives on federal employee issues, released the following statement today regarding Senator Collins’s bill to reform the Department of Defense personnel system which was marked up in committee today:

“There is no doubt that the bill put forward by Senators Collins and Levin is a better bill than the measure that was rammed through the House with little deliberation and debate.

“I do not believe that this measure is a cure-all for the problems that face our civil service personnel system.  However, the Senate bill maintains key fundamental rights for workers to organize, bargain collectively, and appeal management decisions.  The House bill would destroy these protections that are essential to preventing a return to the patronage system that weakened the federal government’s service of Americans for so long.  It is imperative to maintain Americans’ confidence in our system of government that we don’t return to that kind of system. 

“I will be expressing my hope to members of the conference committee on the Department of Defense Authorization bill that they will look to the Senate bill for guidance on how to reform and improve the DoD personnel system and that they will drop the House provisions that could potentially be destructive to America’s professional civil service.”

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