What: All Issues : Making Government Work for Everyone, Not Just the Rich or Powerful : Curbing Presidential Power : H.R. 5005. Creation of a Department of Homeland Security/Vote on Compromise Measure to Protect the Labor Rights of Public Employees in Department.
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H.R. 5005. Creation of a Department of Homeland Security/Vote on Compromise Measure to Protect the Labor Rights of Public Employees in Department.
house Roll Call 357     Jul 26, 2002
Y = Conservative
N = Progressive
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Legislation was drafted by the Bush Administration to consolidate twenty-six federal agencies into a new Department of Homeland Security (DHS). The bill included provisions which would limit the labor rights of federal employees who would be transferred to the new Department. During debate on the legislation, Congresswoman Morella (R-MD) proposed an amendment which would have allowed federal employees who are transferred to the new Department to join a union if they were under union protection before their transfer. Morella's amendment would have allowed the president to revoke those union rights only for those employees whose duties directly pertain to preventing terrorist activities. In the view of Progressives, the labor rights of federal employees should not be limited by the president if they transfer to the new department. However, Progressives supported Morella's amendment because in their view, language in the Morella amendment offered better labor union protections for federal employees and was less likely to be abused by the executive than competing proposals such as the Shays amendment (see Roll Call Vote #356). The Morella amendment was rejected by a 208-222 vote margin.

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