AFGE President Gage Issues Statement In Response To House Passage Of Van Hollen Amendment
WASHINGTON, D.C.-"Congressman Chris Van Hollen's amendment simply gives the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) the opportunity to rewrite its new Circular A-76 privatization process to balance the interests of federal employees and contractors while ensuring that taxpayers are protected from wasteful spending.
"Today's action by the House is clearly a bipartisan vote of no confidence in the Administration's privatization agenda. AFGE and its members thank House Republicans for their courage to put themselves squarely on the side of America's taxpayers, despite their President's determination to turn the government over to big corporate contributors.
"It beats me why President Bush is so determined to eliminate federal jobs when our nation's economy is weak and millions of working Americans are already jobless.
"The American taxpayers are footing the bill whether federal employees or contractors are providing government services. They should be getting the best deal for their hard-earned dollars.
"AFGE has never opposed public-private competition as long as federal employees are provided a fair and level playing field. Unfortunately, the Bush Administration has seen fit to redo the rules, giving contractors an unfair advantage in the process.
The American Federation of Government Employees (AFGE) is the largest federal employee union, representing 700,000 workers in the federal government and the government of the District of Columbia.