House Democrats, Republicans blast Trump’s ‘unprecedented attack’ on federal workers

CALLING OUT President Trump’s executive orders “undermining existing labor laws” in an “unprecedented attack” on federal workers, House Democrats and Republicans are speaking out with force against the “illegal and unconstitutional” orders.

Letter from 23 Democrats follows similar rebuke from 21 House Republicans

Washington – Opposition to the illegal and unconstitutional executive orders President Trump issued last month targeting federal workers continues to grow.

After 21 House Republicans told President Trump that the directives “undermine existing labor laws,” 23 House Democrats – all ranking members of House committees, including House Democratic leadership – sent their own letter to President Trump last week asking that he rescind the orders as they “constitute an unprecedented attack on good governance and a professional, non-partisan civil service.”

“Politicians seem to agree on very little these days, so it is quite remarkable that both Republicans and Democrats are speaking out with such force against President Trump’s illegal and unconstitutional executive orders,” said J. David Cox Sr., national president of the American Federation of Government Employees (AFGE).

“These executive orders strip agencies of their right to bargain terms and conditions of employment and replace it with a politically charged scheme to fire employees without due process,” Cox said.

“Left unchallenged, these directives will deprive two million workers of their rights to address and resolve workplace issues such as sexual harassment, racial discrimination, retaliation against whistleblowers, improving workplace health and safety, enforcing reasonable accommodations for workers with disabilities, and so much more.”

Cox thanked Congressman Elijah Cummings (D-MD) for spearheading the Democratic letter, and lawmakers from both sides of the aisle for speaking out “not just for federal employees but for our democracy.”

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