One of the biggest challenges Trump and the Republicans will face is resistance from a federal bureaucracy composed almost entirely of progressives. There is no question that they will attempt to thwart Trump however they can, and as the law exists today, it is almost impossible to fire them. It is a travesty in one respect, since federal employees, by law, are supposed to be chosen without any reference to their political leanings. Yet, for but one example, almost every hire in the DOJ for the past eight years has one thing in common, impeccable hard progressive credentials.
Firing these individuals — and countless numbers of political hacks burrowed into places like the EPA, NASA and NOAA need to be fired — would seem to be an insurmountable challenge. But is there a way to perhaps motivate them to voluntarily leave? Apparently so. This from The Hill:
House Republicans this week reinstated a procedural rule created in 1876 that allows lawmakers to cut the pay of individual federal workers down to $1, The Washington Post reported Thursday.
The Holman Rule allows members of Congress to propose amendments to appropriations bills that target specific government employees or programs in an effort to cut spending.
Under the rule passed this week in larger rules package, any such amendment that would target an employee or program would have to be passed by a majority of the House and Senate.
Now that could be useful. Equally fascinating is the man for whom the rule is named, William S. Holman, a very colorful 19th century Democrat Congressman who also happened to be that rarest of congresscritters, a miser with the public purse. And he was the longest serving Congressman in history. This from Wiki: