FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
July 2, 2001

Magda Lynn Seymour
John Irvine
(202) 639-6419

AFGE's TRAC Act is Introduced in U.S. Senate

(WASHINGTON, D.C.)-- The Truthfulness, Responsibility and Accountability in Contracting (TRAC) Act, spearheaded by the American Federation of Government Employees (AFGE), was introduced in the U.S. Senate Friday, June 29, 2001 by Senator Dick Durbin (D-Ill.).

The TRAC Act (S. 1152) would track costs and savings from contracting out, require public/private competition, abolish arbitrary personnel ceilings, emphasize contracting-in, and address wages and benefits paid by contractors.

The 14 Senators who added their names as original cosponsors to the TRAC Act include Senate Majority Leader Tom Daschle (D-S.D.), Joe Lieberman (D-Conn.), Patty Murray (D-Wash.), Mary Landrieu (D-La.), Jon Corzine (D-N.J.), Russ Feingold (D-Wis.), Edward Kennedy (D-Mass.), Paul Sarbanes (D-Md.), Barbara Mikulski (D-Md.), Robert Torricelli (D-N.J.), Harry Reid (D-Nev.), Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.), Debbie Stabenow (D-Mich.) and Tim Johnson (D-S.D.).

"Civil servants and taxpayers alike are yearning for accountability and efficiency in government," said AFGE National President Bobby L. Harnage. "The bill introduced by Senator Durbin will help to steer government back on its course of serving the people and away from profit-hungry businesses."

AFGE is the largest union for government employees, representing 600,000 federal workers in the United States and overseas, as well as employees of the District of Columbia. To learn more about AFGE, log onto www.afge.org.

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