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March 4, 1993
Extension of Unemployment Benefits The House passed and sent to the Senate a bill (HR 920) providing extra weeks of jobless benefits for the long-term unemployed. Depending on the state, 20 or 26 additional weeks of checks will go to an estimated two million individuals who exhaust their initial 26 weeks. Because the $5.7-billion cost is defined as emergency spending, it will be added to the deficit rather than offset by revenue increases or spending cuts. The vote was 254 to 161.
March 4, 1993 | From Associated Press
The House voted Wednesday to liberalize a half-century-old law that restricts the political rights of federal workers, but it retained a ban on those workers' running for federal office. The bill, approved 333 to 86, allows the nation's 3 million federal employees to run for some political offices, organize fund-raisers and publicly endorse candidates--as long as they do it on their own time. But it also includes an amendment, proposed by Nancy L. Johnson (R-Conn.
March 3, 1993
Federal employees, like all Americans, have the right to vote, to belong to a political party and to make monetary contributions to candidates they support. For 53 years, however, federal employees have been wisely barred from further political activity. They may not serve as officers in a political party or manage political campaigns or work as volunteers in a candidate's campaign office. They may not solicit contributions from others for a candidate.
President Bush preserved his perfect veto record when the Senate Thursday sustained his rejection of a bill that would have permitted 3 million federal employees to participate in partisan political activity during off-duty hours. Senators seeking to override Bush's veto fell two votes short of the required two-thirds majority. Three Republicans who had voted for the bill a month ago switched sides to support the White House position.
June 21, 1990 | From Associated Press
The Senate, by two votes, today upheld President Bush's veto of a bill to broaden the political rights of 3 million government workers. On a 65-35 vote, lawmakers refused to revise the 51-year-old Hatch Act to remove prohibitions on campaign activities for federal and postal employees. A two-thirds majority was needed to enact the bill into law over Bush's objections. The vote gave Bush an unbroken string of 12 victories in veto showdowns with the Democratic-led Congress.
June 21, 1990 | Associated Press
The House on Wednesday, by a vote of 327 to 93, overrode President Bush's veto of legislation to give millions of government workers the right to play a more active role in politics. The House vote, well over the necessary two-thirds majority, sets up a showdown today in the Senate, where a much closer outcome is expected.
June 20, 1990 | From Times Wire Services
House voted today to override President Bush's veto of a bill that would lift a 50-year-old ban on partisan political activity by federal employees. The House re-passed the bill on a 327-93 vote and sent it to the Senate where supporters also were trying to muster the two-thirds vote necessary to override the President's veto. The Senate, which originally passed the bill on a 67-30 vote, was scheduled to take up the veto Thursday.
President Bush vetoed a measure Friday that would allow federal workers to take a more active role in partisan politics, and aides repeated his pledge to veto a bill that would guarantee workers the right to take unpaid family or medical leaves. Congress, which has not yet overturned a Bush veto, appears unlikely to be able to override in either case. But Democrats hope both vetoes--Bush's 12th and 13th so far--will provide them with workable campaign issues during this fall's elections.
June 15, 1990 | From Associated Press
President Bush today vetoed a bill to ease a ban against political activity by government workers, saying the measure would destroy the "essential political neutrality" of the federal work force. Bush said the legislation to liberalize the 51-year-old Hatch Act would "inevitably lead to repoliticizing" the government bureaucracy. It was the 12th veto of Bush's presidency. Congress has yet to override one.
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