By a 305-112 vote, the House passed and sent to the Senate a bill (HR 3400) enabling federal civilian employees to run for office and engage in other partisan political activity on their own time and away from the office.
Federal employee unions supported the bill, while the Administration and the civic group Common Cause opposed it.
The legislation repeals many of the Hatch Act's bans on partisan activity by civil servants while off duty. However, it retains safeguards in the law aimed at insulating federal employees from political interference and keeping them from politicizing their work.
"No longer should those who serve their federal government be denied basic rights enjoyed by other Americans," said William D. Ford (D-Mich).
Opponent Bill Frenzel (R-Minn.) said, "We are opening up the door to some real scandals in the future."
Members voting yes supported the bill.
How They Voted Yea Nay No vote Rep. Anderson (D) x Rep. Dornan (R) x Rep. Dreier (R) x Rep. Dymally (D) x Rep. Hawkins (D) x Rep. Martinez (D) x Rep. Torres (D) x